Plus, Robbie Williams mimics Sinitta’s fig leaf outfit at Judges’ Houses, and Samantha Brookes says her lesbian lover is her “rock”
It’s been reported today that Cheryl Cole is heading back to the UK version of The X Factor after successful talks with Simon Cowell about reclaiming her spot on the judges’ panel.
The Daily Star states that Cheryl will return as a guest judge during the live rounds of the show.
However, an insider told the paper that new judge Tulisa is “terrified” that Cheryl’s return may mean the end of the road for her on the show.
The insider added, “It’s an extremely closely-guarded secret. And while nothing’s set in stone, everyone involved knows it’s going to be the most explosive thing The X Factor’s ever seen.
“There have been several conference calls and ideas have been discussed.
“Both Simon and Cheryl are aware such a return would be huge for the ratings. It would be a massive story.
“The panel have been finding their feet slowly but it’s no secret Cheryl was Simon’s golden girl.
“Of course, there would be worries she’d be replacing someone. Cheryl could totally outshine Tulisa.”
In other news, Take That star Robbie Williams shocked Gary Barlow’s Boys category wannabes when he was revealed as Gary’s assistant at Judges’ Houses in LA.
When Gary announced who would be helping him, Robbie then appeared naked except for a fig leaf prominently placed over his privates, much to Gary’s amusement and surprise.
A show source told The Sun, “It was hilarious. Gary, the contestants and crew were stunned.
“Robbie just stood there stark naked apart from these tiny leaves.”
The ‘outfit’ was apparently the idea of Robbie’s wife, Ayda, who recalled Sinitta dressing similarly when she assisted Simon Cowell in 2009.
The source added, “Ayda has a cheeky side and convinced Rob it would be a good laugh. He was immediately game.”
We’ll see Robbie’s stunt in two weeks when the Judges’ Houses round airs.
And finally, Samantha Brookes – who we met at the auditions stage last week – has revealed that she’s head over heels in love with her lesbian partner Sinead Murphy.
31 year old Samantha described Sinead as her “rock” and added that it was Sinead’s faith in her that gave her the impetus to try out for the show.
Sinead told The Sun, “I love Sami so much. She calls me her rock but she is mine.
“She has an amazing voice and she’s growing in confidence by the minute.
“I am the only person in the world she loves more than Louis Walsh!”
Samantha went on to reveal that she and Sinead are desperate to start a family by adopting a child.
She said they “would be great mums”, adding: “I’ve been told I can’t have children but I want to adopt.
“I want children more than anything. I don’t really have any contact with my mum so when I have children I want to be really close to them.
“Sinead is my rock. She’s amazing and takes everything in her stride.”
More X Factor news soon!