Dannii Minogue looks set to return as a judge on the next series of The X Factor, according to new comments made by Simon Cowell.

The 37-year-old Aussie star has been the centre of rumours that she was to be axed from the ITV1 show, but The Daily Mirror reports she will keep her job and her pay will be doubled to £1 million a series.

Simon told the paper: “As far as the judging panel is concerned, let’s just say that if I was a betting man my money would be on Dannii returning to the show.

“She was great last year and I am adamant she should be there for the next series. All being well, pen will be put to paper this week.”

He continued: “Despite all the fuss concerning Dannii and Cheryl, I think the four judges worked really well together and gelled. There was an excellent chemistry.

“There’s been a lost of rubbish written about just who will be on the show with people like Victoria Beckham supposedly in the frame. That was absolute nonsense – I never approached her.”

A source said: “Dannii feels she has been a bit redundant but Simon pleaded with her to stay and has offered her a much more lucrative deal, doubling her £500,000 fees to £1 million.

“That puts her on a par with Cheryl who has been offered £1 million to stay. Dannii is very excited and can’t wait to sign on the dotted line.”

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