Olly Murs 'In Big Money Talks' To Join X Factor
Former contestant is hot favourite to replace Nicole Scherzinger on the panel...
Signing Olly to the show is said to be part of Simon Cowell's masterplan to make Cheryl Cole the only female judge, ensuring that she will get all the attention if he can convince her to return.
An X Factor insider told the paper: “Simon wants Cheryl back more than anything and his idea is to make her the complete star of the show. She’s very tempted by his offer and looks close to saying yes. But she is concerned about everyone trying to whip up another female bitch fight between her and a new female judge.
“There’s also a feeling Cheryl and Olly would have great chemistry. He really fancies her and she would happily play along because she’s very fond of him.”
Olly, who has gone on to have a hugely successful career since finishing runner-up in 2009, recently said it would be "an honour" to become an X Factor judge.
Other names linked to the new series include Rita Ora and former judge Dannii Minogue.