X Factor judges cost a cool £6 million as Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh receive the highest pay packets in the show’s history

Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh have become the highest paid judges in the history of the X Factor, costing producers nearly £6 million.

The X Factor judges will be the highest paid in the series' history. Copyright [Wenn]According to The Sun, the panel, which will include returning judge Sharon Osbourne, received a bumper pay rise in a bid to increase flagging ratings.

A source told the paper:“We’re really confident about this panel and we’re putting our money where our mouth is.

“Nicole deserved a pay rise after coming first and second last year. Also she’ll be there for the audition shows this year so we’re getting more bang for our buck.”

Sharon Osbourne, 60, will receive a huge payment of £1.5 million for her services as well as £300,000 to cover first class flights from her US home to London to film the show.

Nicole Scherzinger, 34, has been given a pay rise to £1.5 million after winning the show in her debut year with James Arthur.

Sharon Osbourne will have an additional payment of £300,000 to fly back and forth between the US and the UK. Copyright …The former Pussycat Dolls front woman clearly impressed bosses last year with her £750,000 being doubled for her sophomore series.

42-year-old Gary Barlow’s fee, also £1.5 million, stays the same as the previous series.

Poor Louis Walsh, 60, is the lowest paid judge, receiving a far from modest paycheque of £1 million, despite being the longest serving member of the panel.

Speaking about the return of Sharon Osbourne, who appeared on the first four series of the show, Simon Cowell said: “Three words I never thought I’d say — welcome back Sharon.”

[Related article: Sharon Osbourne is finally confirmed to rejoin the X Factor]

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