Dannii and Louis to re-audition for X Factor role?

Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh have been told they must re-audition for their judging roles on ‘The X Factor’.

The duo have reportedly been told by boss Simon Cowell they need to re-apply for their jobs and attend an interview if they want to be part of the eighth series of the ITV1 talent show in a bid to shake things up.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Simon wants them both back on the panel because he loves the chemistry they have developed. The fact he has ordered them to re-audition and screen test for their jobs is something of a formality – both are assured of the position.

“However it is still pretty galling and to have to go through the motions of explaining why they would be good for the role, and what they could bring to the position, is extremely frustrating.

“But Simon is determined to avoid complacency this series and wants all the judges to be at the top of their game. They are two of the most sought-after jobs in the industry so it’s only fair they apply for their places just like everybody else.”

The show faces a huge shake up this year as Simon is busy concentrating on launching the programme in America later this year, and fellow judge Cheryl Cole is set to join him on the panel.

It is unknown whether Simon will be involved with both shows, while Nicole Scherzinger is said to be replacing Cheryl after she impressed viewers when she appeared on the UK series last year.

Dancing on Ice: Chloe Madeley hates getting naked with her co-stars

Chloe Madeley hates having to get naked with her ‘Dancing On Ice’ co-stars when they are spray-tanned.

The 23-year-old model – who is the daughter of TV chat show hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan – admitted she feels insecure having to bare all in front of her fellow skaters, including hunky Jeff Brazier and Sam Attwater.

She said: “A lot of the time we have to leave the studio together late so we pile in there together. I’ve been in there with all the boys and it’s mortifying. You have to stand in certain positions to get the tan even and everybody sees everything. It’s awful.

“Fake tan isn’t ideal. You have to be into that whole look to enjoy it – and I hate it. It’s so patchy and my skin is so dry. It’s horrendous. You know those Evian bottles you get on holiday to spray your face? It just feels like that, but all over your naked body.”

Meanwhile, the blonde beauty – who is currently dating 24-year-old insurance broker Glenn Crickmar – admitted she finds it “horrible” dating someone who she thinks is better-looking than her.

Chloe added to The Sun newspaper: “He has dimples! That’s my favourite thing about him. It kind of melts my heart a bit. He’s absolutely gorgeous – it’s horrible dating someone better looking than you!”

Dancing on Ice 2011: Denise Welch gets the boot

Denise Welch became the latest star to be booted out of ‘Dancing On Ice’ last night after the judges decided she had to go.

The TV host performed a “slow and steady routine” alongside partner Matt Evers to hit ’80s tune ‘Alone’ but she failed to impress Jason and Emma.

And it didn’t end there with the typical Dancing on Ice drama ensuing. This time Denise Welches hubby caused the scene when he approached acid-tongued judge Jason, who slammed his wife’s skating skills.

Jason said: “It shows that you are better at the slower stuff – but I would like to say it was a little bit like watching two people play Twister. It was like Matt did a position then he assisted you into another position, there was no flow.”

While Denise pleaded with her spouse to go back to his seat in the audience, the ‘Benidorm’ star defended his wife’s honour.

He told Jason: “She’s 52 and she’s got four jobs! How many jobs have you got, eh?”

A visibly shocked Denise then joked to ‘Dancing On Ice’ hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “It’s only the transvestite off of Benidorm!”

Strictly Come Dancing: Ann Widdecombe dances her way out

It wasn’t a good weekend for the “older ladies”. Mary Byrne got the boot from the  X Factor and Ann Widdecombe, self confessed “dancing elephant” got the chop from Strictly Come Dancing last night.

The 62-year-old, went out gracefully claiming she had had ‘the time of my life’ with her dancing partner Anton Du Beke, who lifted her up one last time after hearing the vote.

Props to the former Tory minister, who lasted for ten weeks in the show and this week, but sadly lost out to soap heart throb Scott Marsden. She waltzed out with her head held high and also graciously claimed that her time on Strictly had also inspired many older women to give dancing a try.

However this week was her last with judges describing her as a “dalek in drag.”

In the past she had managed to cling on because her routines were so entertaining but as the competition heats up, it’s understandable that she had to go.

The X-Factor judges: Who would win in a scrap?

Sharon Osbourne’s estranged brother David Arden has claimed that the X-Factor judge will quit the show soon, partly due to rivalry between the judges. The 56-year-old is quoted in The Sun as speculating that: “She will hate Dannii. She’s always had a problem with women who are better-looking. But Dannii’s been such a hit. Sharon’s days are numbered.” Arden has also asserted that his sister hates other judge Simon Cowell.

As true professionals its all smiles for the cameras and air-kissing when the world is looking, but with this news of alleged back-stabbing and bitchiness, how are we to know who likes who and who hates who in camp X-Factor? And if the ITV talent contest was to get nasty, as it so often does with all the water throwing, who would come out on top? Let TV Scoop referee the fight as we see which of the judges truly has the X-Factor.

In the verbal battle

Simon Cowell Simon has earned his reputation as TV’s Mr. Nasty with his sharp tongue and dead-pan delivery. He has amassed a fortune based almost entirely on his ability to articulate the most spot-on but brutal feedback to singing wannabes and is both loved and hated in almost equal measure for this talent. This man can most definitely talk the talk, with classic insults such as these top ten:

1. Simon: “What normally happens when you sing in public, Deborah?” Deborah: “I’ve had a few people cry.” Simon: “I can believe that.”
2.”You have just invented a new form of torture.”
3. “What do you think we are looking for – a two-year-old who can’t sing?”
4. “You have the personality of a handle.”
5. “You sounded like Cher after she’s been to the dentist.”
6. “If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.”
7. “The look, it was like something out of the Addams Family.”
8. “I’m tempted to ask if you sang that the night before your wife left you.”
9. “Can I ask you a question? Do you and your girlfriend sing together at home? Have the police ever called?”
10. “I presume there was no mirror in your dressing room tonight.” All too easy. 10/10

Louis Walsh The twinkly-eyed Irishman can be quite cutting in the putdown and is the most unapologetic when scoffing at the losers. He also showed a ruthless streak when he tried to avoid meeting with his number one fan after her dismal audition. Sadly, Louis is all too often a big softie. He cried last season when his favourites Robert and Eton Road were in the bottom two and seems easily swayed by Simon and Sharon. Too spineless for this level. 4/10

Sharon Osbourne Mama Osbourne is known as the wife of rocker Ozzy, and if he is the Prince of Darkness does that make her his Princess? She is an odd mix of high-pitched, sugary sweetness and vicious hell cat. She switches with effortless ease (maybe she’s bipolar?) and terrifies people with this dangerous unpredictability. Keen to establish a reputation away from X-Factor as a ‘housewife superstar’ (her website’s words, not mine) she has hoped that by smacking her bum in Asda adverts and cosying up to celebs on her axed chat show, she will fool everyone in to thinking she’s nice. It hasn’t worked. 8/10

Dannii Minogue The faded popster has been a revelation on the new series of X-Factor. She has refused to indulge the sympathetic losers and has remained firm even when her fellow judges have yielded. With her deep voice and broad Aussie accent, she has an unexpected gruffness that lets you know that Kylie might be the more successful of the Minogues, but Dannii can make her sister eat dirt any time she feels like it. 6/10

The winner so far: Simon Cowell

In the physical battle

Louis Walsh Louis looks like an overgrown leprechaun and with his squishy exterior would be the first one the others turn on for a good kicking. He has had his moments – namely when he doused a grouchy contestant with a glass of water, but is easy prey for hardened brawlers. The first to visit the nurse with a bloody nose. 4/10 (points for trying)

Simon Cowell Strong in the insult, I suspect that Simon might be disappointingly weak in the punch. Come a scuffle, the professor of putdowns would run for cover, too frightened to get his smart black clothes dirty and Heaven forbid – his hair messed up. He would retreat to a shady corner to check himself out in a mirror and pull up his trousers. Substandard. 2/10

Sharon Osbourne Marginally younger than Louis, Sharon has more than just age on her side. The MTV fly-on-the-wall show The Osbournes depicted a family environment ruled by chaos, shouting, dogs pooing and more shouting. Sharon has lived the rock and roll lifestyle, kept husband Ozzy in line (though he probably wouldn’t make it far these days) and survived for decades in the cut-throat world of celebrity. She has crazy red hair and a scrappy attitude. She would unleash those polished talons and go straight for the jugular – nasty. 8/10

Dannii Minogue The youngest (though it’s hard to tell her real age after many reputed trips to her surgeon), Dannii would, like all the wannabe singers, be ‘in it to win it.’ Those perfect pearly whites would blind and dazzle her opposition into submission before she tied them up and made them listen to all of her singles – sheer torture. 7/10

And the final winner is: Sharon Osbourne

Dannii put up a good fight but the boys were quite hopeless. Maybe after a few more seasons she will be able to compete with Sharon, until then the other judges must bow down and worship the toughest X-Factor judge – Sharon.

Former contestants Eton Road criticise The X Factor and judge Louis Walsh

Pop hopefuls Eton Road have launched an attack on former mentor Louis Walsh. The quartet reached the final stages of last year’s X Factor and though they didn’t progress to the finale were made public promises of support from the Irish judge. Member James Edwards is upset at how his band has been treated and warns other musical wannabes: “We’ve been left high and dry because Louis didn’t keep his word. We’re very upset. It gives false hope to people on the show.”

Edwards added: “Millions of people heard Louis say he’d get us a record deal and nothing has happened. It’s very embarrassing as everyone’s asking if we’re now signed – and we’re not. I’d hate for anyone on this year’s show to be told they’ll get a record deal and then spend months hanging around with false hopes. It’s soul destroying.”

The toll on the four aspiring youngsters was too much for Anthony Hannah was has since quit the group in pursuit of solo success. When questioned on the matter a spokesperson for The X Factor has revealed that since the band signed with a management company, Louis has been unable to work on their behalf in any real capacity.

Mmm – are we buying what the X Factor is trying to sell us or should Eton Road be happy with the exposure the show granted them?

[via Digital Spy]