Danni Minogue will not return to X Factor
DANNII Minogue will not be returning to The X Factor as a judge, it has been confirmed.
Talks with the former panelist about a possible comeback have ended, less than a week before the audition process begins.
Show bosses have confirmed she will not be returning to the show, and guest judges are being lined up to step in for the early stages of the contest.
Minogue was in negotiations to reprise her role on the show after last year's panelist Kelly Rowland ruled herself out.
The Australian entertained the idea of a return despite disclosures that she and show boss Simon Cowell had an affair, which came to light last month. But discussions have now foundered.
Cowell's decision to “kiss and tell” over the relationship was publically humiliating for Minogue.
He disclosed details of his affair with the Marks & Spencer model during his conversations with Tom Bower, who has published unflattering biographies of Gordon Brown and Sir Richard Branson.
Following the revelations Cowell admitted he hadn't been able speak to Minogue but said: "She’s fine, I think, and, hopefully, we’re okay.”
The 52-year-old television personality insists that he was right to co-operate with Bower. “I said to Tom right from the beginning, 'I’m not going to lie to you’, and that was the deal. Not to say, it hasn’t all been a bit embarrassing.”
It is understood guest judges were already being considered as Minogue would only have been able to attend two of the auditions. But show bosses still want to agree a deal with a judge in the coming days, to join Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh.
An X Factor spokeswoman said: ''The panel will be confirmed shortly.''
Yesterday Dermot O'Leary was announced as host for the forthcoming series, which will come back to ITV1 later this year. It will be his sixth series.
A friend told The Sun said: “It was so upsetting for her to be described as one of Simon’s ‘toys’ and for him to talk about their fling in such a humiliating way.
“Huge sums have been put on the table and it’s not convinced her. It wasn’t about money. She could easily have got more than a million. They desperately wanted hers."
Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh have signed deals to return and Tulisa Contostavlos has agreed to come back as well.
Simon Cowell will not be a judge but remains executive producer.