Sharon Osbourne is reportedly in secret talks with Simon Cowell to rejoin 'The X Factor' judging panel. According to The Sun, producers want to bring back Osbourne alongside former judge Louis Walsh, but it could mean the end of either Cheryl Fernandez-Versini or Rita Ora.

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A show insider told The Sun: “The bosses think they made the show too young last year and having Nick Grimshaw, Rita and Cheryl on the panel was part of that. Sharon’s an ‘X Factor’ legend but when she went back for a year Simon wasn’t on the panel.”

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“Their rows are legendary and that dynamic could work well. Cheryl and Rita are both in the frame as well.” Osbourne was a judge on the show from 2004 to 2007 and she then returned for one series in 2013.

A source close to Osbourne added to The Sun last night: “She’s had talks about going back now that Louis is likely to be back. The sticking point for her is her American chat show The Talk, which is she is committed to. Transatlantic flights nearly killed her last time.”

But while Osbourne and Walsh might be set for a comeback, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini could be ready to say goodbye after three series. A show source told The Mirror: “It’s a critical time and the talks will be a big factor in determining how the show looks this year.”

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“Cheryl will be the one who makes the decision on her future – she and Simon are great friends and he’s totally supportive of her decision, ­whatever that turns out to be. They’ve got the show’s best interests at heart and aren’t rushing into anything. The talks could continue for some time.”