Nicole To Be Dropped For Mel B In X Factor Shake-Up?
Show bosses claimed to be plotting for next year's series already...
The Sun claims that execs on the show are so concerned by this year's slide in ratings that they are also planning to delay the show's launch until September next year.
And following her popularity as a guest judge, the word is that former Spice Girls star Mel is being considered for a permanent seat on the judging panel.
A source said: "It maybe airs a little early and people struggle when they might be on holiday or enjoying the sunshine at home.
"And the guest judges just don't work. It's great for audiences who are watching live but it doesn't translate well on the telly. People get confused as the line-up's always changing from song to song."
Bosses are claimed to be hoping for a ratings boost for this year's series once the Boot Camp and Judges' Houses stages arrive - along with Cheryl Cole's return to the show as a guest mentor.
Gary Barlow was yesterday reported to have said he would quit if Geri Halliwell ever returned to the show.