With Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole jumping ship, news of Dannii Minogue’s departure from X Factor doesn’t come as a shock to many.
Just weeks before next season’s auditions were due to start, Dannii confirmed yesterday that she would not be returning due to conflicts in her schedule.
Minogue had already signed up for the fifth season of Australia’s Got Talent, the dates of which seem to interfere with those of The X Factor. Dannii explains further: “During discussions for me to return to The X Factor it became clear that unfortunately, this year, the X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia’s Got Talent during June and July.”
Some view her last-minute departure and weak justification as a cover-up for rumours claiming that she actually got the axe in “a shock last-minute shake-up”.
Whatever the reason, Minogue shared her disappointment with her fans: “I’m going to miss the show and the amazing team who work so incredibly hard on it.”
Although Minogue will be travelling to her home country for filming of Australia’s Got Talent, she assured her fans that she has no intention of leaving England. “Sometimes I think about moving back, but my base is here. I’ve spent the majority of my life here and have more to do here,” she explains.
Tulisa Contostavlos, from the band N-Dubz, has been talking with X Factor bosses to fill one of the vacant seats on the panel, according to a source close to the show, but a spokesperson for the show stressed this move is not connected with Minogue’s departure.