14:57 GMT, 30 April 2012
Kelly Rowland today confirmed she will not return to the X Factor, as the Mail revealed.
The Destiny’s Child star, 31, has left the ITV talent hit ‘on her own terms’, a source close to the singer said.
The Mail last week told how viewers had not considered Kelly a fan favourite when she took Cheryl Cole’s seat on the show last year.
Who'll be back So far, Gary Barlow is the only judge to have confirmed a return to the show this year, although Tulisa Contostavlos said her return looked 'likely'
Not coming back: Kelly reached the final of the show last year with finalist Amelia Lily
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for The X Factor said: 'Kelly’s immense experience in the music industry shone through in both her Judging and mentoring on The X Factor and we would like to thank her for being a part of the country’s number one show and wish her well for the future.
'The judging panel will be announced in due course.'
Simon Cowell has been desperate to get pop princes Katy Perry on board – and she is expected to appear as a guest judge.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that Dannii Minogue could make an explosive comeback on the judging panel – just weeks after it was revealed how she had had a secret affair with music mogul Cowell shortly after she first joined the X Factor.
I'm off! Kelly was seen last week leaving Sydney airport in Australia heading back to Los Angeles
Former X Factor judge Tulisa said she would
love to work with Dannii, telling ITV breakfast show Daybreak: ‘I used
to watch X Factor before I got on the panel, so I always thought Dannii
was great and I enjoyed watching her, so I'm sure we'd get along really
So far, Gary Barlow is the only judge
to sign a deal, worth 2 million, but Tulisa and Louis Walsh are said
to be days away from signing ahead of auditions in Cardiff on May 15.
Asked if she would be returning this year, Tulisa said: 'It looks likely. I know nothing.'