Sharon Osbourne in ‘pole position’ to replace Tulisa on the X Factor judging panel

Sharon Osbourne is reportedly in ‘pole position’ to replace Tulisa on this year’s X Factor panel.

Sharon Osbourne is set to return to the X Factor after 6 years. Copyright [Wenn]

The 60-year-old former judge left the show six years ago and is now poised to return with an almighty bang.

According to The Sun, a source close to the show has revealed that Simon Cowell, 53, is ‘not looking at anyone else’ other than Mrs. O.

They revealed: “Simon is a huge fan of Sharon.

“Things are looking good for her. She is in pole position.”

It was reported that Simon was close to finding a replacement for Tulisa earlier this year with Sharon and Spice girl Mel B being the front runners for the job.

However, with Mel B now taking Sharon’s former seat on the America’s Got Talent panel AND Australia’s Got Talent panel, it seems that the 37-year-old won’t have the time to work on a third show.

Mel B is no longer in the picture. Copyright [Wenn]

Spending time insulting the public as they perform on stage is probably tiring enough as it is- yet alone having to do it in three different time zones.

And in another strange turn of events, former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue has been given a place on the Australian X Factor judging panel- a seat formerly held by Mel B.

This is fast becoming a game of judging musical chairs.

As for poor Tulisa, the current judge denied rumours this weekend that she had been fired from the show.

Tulisa denied allegations that she has been axed from the show. Copyright [Rex]

She told the Sunday People: "I haven't been axed from 'The X Factor'. I love the show, I'd always want to do it. Last year was much harder than my first series but I did enjoy it.

"I've contacted Simon and had dinner with show producer Richard Holloway and his wife a couple of weeks ago.

"We're all friends and I've not been told that I won't be going back."

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