Judge Kelly Rowland isn't handing over her girls without a fight

X Factor judge Kelly Rowland has reportedly threatened to quit the show if she’s forced to give up mentoring her girls Janet Devlin and Misha B.

Bosses are said to be planning a twist that involves the 4 judges surrendering their categories and swapping acts.

‘I don’t want anybody touching my girls,’ Kelly, 30, reportedly said backstage.

‘I’d walk before I gave them up.

‘Everyone’s doing such a good job mentoring their acts, I don’t know why they would do that.’

No date has yet been suggested for the reported shake-up, which is an attempt to boost the programme’s falling ratings. 

But it’s guaranteed to also rile Kelly‘s fellow judges Gary Barlow, 40, Tulisa Contostavlos, 23, and Louis Walsh, 59.

‘It will be a major test for them as they’ve become too comfortable with their own acts,’ a source tells The Sun.

‘Producers reckon tearing up the format is just the shot in the arm the show needs.’

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