The eleventh UK series of The X Factor began on ITV on 30 August 2014. Mel B mentored the Boys, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini mentored the Girls, Simon Cowell mentored the Over 25s and Louis Walsh mentored the Groups.The 12 chosen finalists were Paul Akister, Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden, Chloe Jasmine, Stephanie Nala, Lauren Platt, Fleur East, Ben Haenow, Jay James, Blonde Electra, Stereo Kicks and Only The Young. Contestants in this category are male soloists aged between 14 and 25.

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Now, we personally thought Cheryl was one of the better things about the series (she brought us Reggie N Bollie and heaps of brilliant facial expressions) but perhaps in the 2016 revamp it was decided that she's not the right her first series and might fit the gif-hole left by Cheryl's brilliant facial expressions.

But what if Cheryl heard that Nicole was on her way back and decided to make a hasty exit? Likelihood rating: We all know that there is no love lost between Cheryl and Louis, which stems all the way back from the Girls Aloud days ("Louis claimed to be our manager but he never did it… And with all signs pointing to a Louis Walsh return, maybe Cheryl decided that she just couldn't sit nicely next to him for another series, even if they've managed to do it before.

After all, the pair didn't exactly get on like a house on fire when Nicole was performing on , as Cheryl recounted in her autobiography: "She started singing 'Promise This' to me, and I swear to God the woman sang the whole song, to my face. Or perhaps it was the other way around – with Simon so keen to get Louis back on the panel that he apparently approached him halfway through the last series, maybe Cheryl was the sacrifice that had to be made.

It was just so awkward, and every time I stood next to her she started singing it again." Of course, things didn't improve when the pair worked on together ("Nicole was singing and dancing to her own songs, and I found that a bit crazy and odd") – especially when Nicole nicked Cheryl's seat on the judging panel. Even recently, Louis was saying Cheryl needed to "go away" and have a "rest"…Likelihood rating:coach (and her former manager), and it wouldn't be a complete surprise to see him follow the show from the BBC to ITV – so could he take her with him?

We also know that she has good feelings towards he did it without ceremony and was very open about the fact that she'd been sacked (the complete opposite to what he said today).

And unlike, say, Olly Murs, he has nothing to gain from protecting her, as she's not on his record label.We all know Simon is a big fan of Cheryl and would probably happily have her back on the panel, and we also know that Cheryl's been busy in the studio (with none other than Liam Payne). The X-Factor is a television music competition on ITV that finds new singing talent contested by artists drawn from public auditions.The show began in 2004 and was created by Simon Cowell. Out of nine winners, three have been North East acts: Joe Mc Elderry, Little Mix and James Arthur.Chris was appointed editor of the Gazette in January 2012. Chris has more than 20 years experience as a journalist and has previously worked in senior positions in Newcastle, Exeter and Nottingham.Laura was dressed to the nines and showing off her pale and lean legs in a front-split black skirt and chic black ankle boots paired with a clingy black lace-accented top and tailored black leather jacket.