Alesha for X Factor?

On Wednesday we brought you the shocking news that Alesha of Strictly fame was in big trouble with her BBC bosses after making a very public bid for the X Factor job. Now, according to reports, Simon is on the brink of signing the frankly quite dull judge to fill Cheryl's shoes.

An expert insider told The Mirror, 'He has spent weeks handpicking the right people – he’s a perfectionist who changes his mind by the hour. There have been heated ­debates, and disagreements almost every day between Cowell, ITV and senior executives over who they need to sign up to give it some stardust. The dynamics on the panel are important and Alesha gets on really well with Gary Barlow.'

The source continued, 'Alesha is ecstatic. She never thought in a million years that she would be asked. But talks have been on for weeks and have been going well. She has had meeting with ­producers and realises it’s her dream job – an offer she can’t refuse. She’d be sad to turn her back on Strictly, but X Factor is in a completely ­different league.'

Simon is apparently also considering Sarah Harding from Tulisa Contostavlos from N-Dubz and Lily Allen.

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