X Factor 2011: OMG! Simon Cowell delays UK auditions again!

The News of the World today reports that Simon Cowell has yet again delayed the start of this year’s UK X Factor auditions so that he can personally “oversee” them.

The news comes after it was revealed today that Dannii Minogue won’t be on the judging panel this year, and that N-Dubz singer Tulisa is to take her place.

It’s also been rumoured that Simon has a fourth judge lined up – who will join Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa – but that the newbie’s identity is being kept secret for now.

However, back to the auditions, and it seems that Simon has yet again delayed the commencement of the auditions so that he can be there himself.

A show insider told the paper, “Simon’s a control freak. He didn’t want the show to start without being there.

“That’s why, when the decision was made about Dannii, he pulled the plug on the Manchester auditions.

“Yes, Dannii’s been brilliant over the last few years. But what everyone has to remember is that the star of the X Factor isn’t the judging panel, it’s the format.

“As long as the talent is there people will watch.

“Yes the judges are important but they are not the key to the show’s success. The quality of the singers is everything.”

News of exactly when the auditions will now start hasn’t yet been announced, but at this rate, they’ll be delaying this year’s TV coverage too!

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