Former “X Factor” U.K. judge Dannii Minogue is in serious discussions to become a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Simon Cowell is an executive producer for both shows.
Minogue is said to be in negotiations to join a revamped panel of “Britain’s Got Talent” judges. “Britain’s Got Talent” (which is televised in the U.K. on ITV) returns for its sixth season in 2012.
According to the Sunday Mirror:
The Australian star, a popular judge on “X Factor,” has been told by show bosses she’s wanted on the panel, and contracts and schedules are currently being organised.
Dannii will sit on a new-look panel that includes comedian David Walliams when auditions for the revamped ITV show begin in January.
It will be Kylie’s sister’s first appearance on British TV screens since she quit X Factor earlier this year.
Long-time judge Amanda Holden will return to the “BGT” panel for the live shows in April, but she will miss the auditions because she’s due to give birth at the start of the year – just days before filming starts.
Dannii, 40, and David, also 40, will replace last year’s judges Michael McIntyre, who quit, and Baywatch legend David Hasselhoff, who has been given the boot …
But sources close to Dannii say the star needs to have her filming schedule set in stone within days to avoid a reapeat of the problems which saw her fail to return for this year’s series of X Factor. The singer and fashion designer needs to make her plans fit around care for her 14-month-old son Ethan and has told bosses she needs to know the full details within the next few weeks.
If she doesn’t then she will sign for “Australia’s Got Talent” and won’t be available for the UK show.
“Dannii has said yes and they’re happy that she will do it,” said the source. “They’ve said they want her. But she needs confirmed shooting schedules and dates for the entire series before she packs her bags and lets other opportunities go. It starts shooting in just a few weeks and she does have other offers to think about and consider.
“She doesn’t want what happened last time to happen again. Being a mum she has to plan ahead. It’s as simple as that – Ethan is the priority. Dannii was really disappointed not to be able to return to the UK for this year’s “X Factor,” so she wants to make this work.”
“BGT” is also talking to Ashley Banjo, 23 – frontman of dance troupe Diversity, who won the show in 2009.
Bosses want him to guest judge for some of Amanda’s maternity leave – so long as it doesn’t clash with his judging role on Sky One’s “Got To Dance.”
Contracts are due to be signed within the next two weeks.
A “BGT” spokeswoman said: “This is all speculation at the moment.”
Minogue joined “The X Factor” U.K. in 2007, and her last appearance as a judge on the show was in December 2010. In May 2011, it was announced that Minogue was no longer going to be an “X Factor” U.K. judge. She was replaced by former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland.
There have been conflicting reports over the circumstances of Minogue’s “X Factor” exit. While several reliable sources said that she was fired, Minogue originally said that she quit the show because of scheduling conflicts with her duties as a judge on “Australia’s Got Talent.” Months later, Minogue changed her story and said that her health problems were the reason why she left “The X Factor” U.K.
As previously reported, former “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole said in an InStyle U.K. interview that while she was a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. in May 2011, she was offered a job as a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” but she ultimately declined the offer. Cole also confirmed reports that she turned down an offer to go back to her previous job as a judge on “The X Factor” U.K.
After she turned down both offers, Cole was fired from “The X Factor” U.S. after being on the job for less than a month.