Pregnant Dannii Minogue has not been axed from The X Factor – but maternity cover could come in the shape of her pop star sister Kylie.

There has been wide speculation that Dannii would not be back for the ITV1 talent show, which returns later this year, after she announced she would be giving birth in Australia in July.

But ITV sources have confirmed that Dannii will be there alongside fellow judges Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh – and it’s thought that X Factor bosses have compiled a shortlist of stars who could stand in for Dannii until she returns, including sister Kylie.

An ITV source said: “Dannii will definitely be back and has not been axed. There has been a lot of speculation but we want her back. She really blossomed last year.”

A friend of Dannii added: “She loves The X Factor and it is a huge priority for her, so she will do what it takes to make the situation work for everyone.”