Dannii Minogue "livid" at being forced off X Factor
Dannii is “livid” at being forced off X Factor after producers “refused to move audition dates”
9:11 AM on 16th May 2011
Out: Dannii Minogue is reportedly furious at being forced to quit the X Factor judging panel due to scheduling conflicts
Dannii Minogue is said to be livid after being pushed off the X Factor judging panel.
The 39-year-old told friends that producers had not attempted to shift audition dates so she could film both Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
One told the Daily Mail that show bosses had moved ‘heaven and earth’ to allow new judge Gary Barlow, of Take That, to film auditions and appear on his group’s upcoming tour.
However, producers told Australian Miss Minogue – who is the mother of a ten-month-old son, Ethan – that she would have to shuttle between Britain and Australia if she wanted to continue.
The source said: ‘Dannii’s fuming. She was put in a terrible positionof being told she would have do that dreadful 25-hour flight countless times over the next few months if she wanted to do the show.
‘No attempt was made to move dates for her or to help her out.
“After avery tense week, she just said, “I’m a mum, how can I keep flying back and forth I have a baby to care for”.’
Miss Minogue is particularly disappointed because she helped mentor Matt Cardle to success in last year’s show.
Fans of the Australian are also thought to be angry that the undoubted star of last year”s series of The X Factor is leaving the show.
The move has meant that auditions due to start in Manchester on Wednesday have been postponed until two new judges are signed up.
Danni Minogue, left, next to Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell on the judging panel as top X-factor export Leona Lewis performs Bleeding Love
Success: Last year”s winning judge Dannii with Matt Cardle who won the show”s prize
Simon Cowell, who remains as executive producer, has already been replaced by Barlow, 40, while Tulisa Contostavlos, 22, of R&B band N-Dubz, is expected to sign a deal this week.
New judge: Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz is expected to join the X Factor panel this week
A show source said: ‘Tulisa is volatile, fashionable and speaks her mind. She will really appeal to viewers.’
She has often spoken about her troubled childhood growing up on a tough estate in London.
The singer was meant to replace Cheryl Cole, who is now filming The X Factor USA.
Cowell is also said to be close to signing up an American female star to complete the judging line-up.
Names in the frame include Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Vanessa Hudgens, of High School Musical fame. Louis Walsh remains on the panel.
An ITV insider confirmed Miss Minogue had been ousted, saying: ‘We wanted to freshen up the panel.
“Although there was a clash of dates, it would not have been insurmountable if everyone had really wanted to keep her.’
Miss Minogue said: ‘I’m going to miss the show and the amazing team who work so incredibly hard on it.’