X Factor 2011: Simon Cowell in “urgent” talks with ITV

The Sun today reports that X Factor supremo Simon Cowell is in “urgent” talks with ITV bosses who are desperate for him to sign up to this year’s show.

The paper states that the show’s bosses are having “cold sweats” over his continuing delay to commit to the show this year, and their failure so far to sign up any big names to the show.

The paper also adds that the first televised auditions have been scheduled for May, and will be filmed at London’s O2 Arena, but as yet, there are no confirmed judges. The Boot Camp and judges’ houses stages are scheduled for June.

It’s believed that both Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue have said they want to return to the show, but haven’t been offered contracts as yet. Cheryl Cole is still in the States and in talks with Fox about working on the US X Factor.

Also, there’s been no decision on who will host this year’s Xtra Factor, despite Konnie Huq having stated that she’s keen to take on the role again this year. The only definite returnee is presenter Dermot O’Leary, who signed a £1million deal last week after missing out on the US X Factor job.

However, Simon has reportedly told close friends that he won’t sign up for the UK show until after the US judging panel has been organized.

A show source told the paper, “Simon is cutting it really fine. ITV are desperate for some concrete news.

“All this dithering is seeing them break out in cold sweats.

“Simon’s focus is on the US series, which has nothing to do with ITV.

“They don’t even know if he will be back on the show – at the moment they are thinking he won’t be.

“He’s back in the UK now and they are hoping to get something from him this week so everyone can sleep at night.”

The paper also revealed that singer Lily Allen has had two meetings with the show’s bosses about becoming a judge, while Take That star Robbie Williams has said he’s too busy to take up a role on the show.

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