X Factor confirm judges – and there’s no Cheryl

The X Factor judging line-up has been confirmed with Louis Walsh being joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz.

There was no place for Cheryl Cole, who was axed from the American version of the show.

Former judge Simon Cowell said: “These four are totally up for it, each of them bring a different attitude.

“They have had a ton of hits between them and they are all committed to finding a star. I have a feeling Louis and Tulisa will have slightly different points of view as to what the next star should look and sound like.”

Walsh is the only remaining judge from last year’s show. Cowell left to launch the American version and took Cheryl, the Geordie ex Girls Aloud singer with him, though she was dumped recently. Dannii Minogue, 39, also left the line-up.

Gary, Tulisa and Kelly, of Destiny’s Child fame, are able replacements, said ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham.

He added: “The X Factor is more than just television show: it’s by far the nation’s biggest platform for emerging talent and I’m delighted to be confirming a line-up of judges who have experience right across the music business to pick the stars of the future.”

Gary said: “I’m extremely excited about working on The X Factor. I’ve always been a fan of the show and always enjoyed performing on it too. My one goal is to find a global superstar. If I don’t find one, I won’t have done my job.”

N-Dubz star Tulisa, 22, said she looked forward to bringing ‘something fresh’ to the panel. She said: “I’m not going to be afraid to speak my mind and mix things up a little. I am hoping to find some hot new talent and mentor a winning category.”

The new panel begins its quest to uncover the best in singing talent with the first audition in Birmingham on Wednesday, continuing to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Liverpool.

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