Simon Cowell is hosting a weekend brain-storming session at his LA mansion to discuss how to keep the programme on top in the ratings war.
And chief casualty of the crunch talks is likely to be pregnant Dannii, who has been on the judging panel since 2008 when she replaced Sharon Osbourne, 57. Sources say it is now “highly unlikely” she will appear in the new series of ITV1’s talent show this year.
The source said: “Simon and his team are very wary of getting into the sort of problems the BBC has had with its female stars over age and so on. For that reason, the best option is being seen as reverting to the three judges this year. That means the seat is open for Dannii to return at a future date, although it is unlikely.”
Producers said the annual brainstorming session in Hollywood was aimed at making the hit show even bigger and better. Before heading to the LA meeting, executive producer Richard Holloway, 60, said the summit would “kickstart debate about new ideas for the show”.
An X Factor spokeswoman confirmed last night: “There is a meeting going on but it is too early to comment on what is being decided.”
DANNII IS QUEEN OF THE DANCE FLOOR, HOW CAN THEY DO THIS? She's so much more fresh than simon and that other guy.