But where on earth is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini?

It’s all we’ve been talking about in the Now office for weeks: who is Simon Cowell going to choose as his judges on The X Factor this year?

After Nick Grimshaw quit and Louis Tomlinson said he wouldn’t be joining the panel, Now can confirm Simon went back to the old school and has called in some of his favourite former judges.

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But, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini isn’t one of them. And it’s all a bit awkward.

‘Cheryl was hoping her relationship with Liam Payne would give her an edge if he helped her out at judges houses,’ an insider tells Now. ‘But Simon doesn’t seem interested. It just didn’t work out last year.’

Pick up Now magazine today to see Simon’s dream panel (we love it!) and to find out exactly why Cheryl hasn’t been asked to come back.

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