We're so happy The X Factor is back on TV 'cos it's never without a juicy scandal. Let's take a look at our favourites so far...


It’s the most talked-about show on TV and deservedly so… There’s been drug scandals, fixing, thugs, homophobia, auto-tune, crime and sex scandals… you name it, The X Factor has had it.

And we love it! As we get ready for another exciting X Factor weekend, we take a look back at some of the biggest scandals to rock the show, from contestants to the judges!

1. Cheryl Cole sacked

Oh no he didn’t… Simon stunned the world when Cheryl was unceremoniously dumped from the US X Factor. But the worst bit was he didn’t actually do it himself! Angry Cheryl took legal action against the show’s producers and won. Remember when Cheryl, 31, arrived for the first day of auditions? That hair! That outfit! Within weeks she was sacked and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. Now she’s back in Simon‘s good books and sitting next to him as a judge on the UK X Factor. Her army of fans are loving it – and so are we! 

2. Frankie Cocozza‘s cocaine bender

Every show needs a bad-boy but Frankie‘s antics were not for the faint-hearted. Frankie, 21, got kicked off the show after going on a cocaine bender. He has since claimed he was encouraged to be like a wild rocker by the show’s producers.

3. Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell‘s affair

In his 2012 book Sweet Revenge, biographer Tom Bower revealed Simon, 54, and Dannii, 42, once had a fling. Si told him, ‘I had a crush. It was her hair, the sexy clothes and the tits. I was like a schoolboy… It was genuine love.’

4. Simon becomes a dad

Who’s the daddy? Simon, clearly. The world was left flabbergasted when it was announced that Simon was to become a dad at the age of 54. Furthermore, his baby mama was his friend’s wife Lauren Silverman, 37. Adorable baby Eric, named after Simon‘s dad, was born in February and has his mother’s good looks! Just kidding…

5. Tulisa Contostavlos‘s troubles

When she took Little Mix to victory in the 2011 final of The X Factor, Tulisa, 26, was on a career high. But it wasn’t long before her private life started to unravel. Not only did her ex-boyfriend Justin ‘MC Ultra’ Edwards release a sex tape of them in March 2012, but in June 2013, she was accused of arranging a drug deal. She was cleared of all charges in July when the trial collapsed.


For the full X Factor scandals special see this week’s Now dated 15 September 2014 – and download the issue here.

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Sarah Tetteh