Cheryl Fernandez-Versini QUITS The X Factor
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has handed in her resignation from The X Factor, it was confirmed this morning.
The former Girls Aloud singer first joined as a judge in 2008 and became the winning judge for two years in a row while mentoring Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry. She later quit in 2010 to become a judge on The X Factor USA, but unfortunately left the Stateside venture before it began airing.
After settling the scores with X Factor boss Simon Cowell, Fernandez-Versini made a sensational return to the British show in 2014. However, it now seems that her second stint will be as short-lived as her first, as she announced her departure today (April 5) to focus on her music career.
Speaking about her departure, Fernandez-Versini said: “I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor. I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I’ve missed making music and am excited to be recording again.
“I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon [Cowell] who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best.”
Simon Cowell said: “I totally understand her [Cheryl’s] commitment to making more records. She has been amazing on the show and in the near future we will be working on other things together.”
The announcement leaves the future of the X Factor judging panel in hot water, with half the spots on the judging panel now empty following February’s announcement that Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has also left the show.
Fans of the old show however will be happy to learn that Dermot O’Leary will be returning to host the new series after a year’s break. He replaces Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, who were joint hosts in 2015.