Gary Barlow and Lily to join X Factor

Okay, okay, we know you're as frustrated as we are, that the X Factor juggernaut has been rolling on its merry way without so much as a sniff of an official announcement, but according to sources, Simon Cowell, and ITV honcho Peter Fincham met last week to thrash out final plans. And it looks like Lily Allen and Gary Barlow may be joining the rubbish, but sickeningly addictive show.

ITV boss Peter Fincham told The Daily Mail,'We will announce plans for the panel when we are ready. But what I can tell you at this stage is that the new series of The X Factor will be very new and very different from what we have seen before. Contracts are due to be signed this week for the existing judges who are returning. Lily Allen and Gary Barlow are the names that are being talked about to fill the vacancies.'

A source close to the hairy-handed TV overlord told the press, 'X Factor USA is Simon's priority but that doesn't mean that he is going to abandon the UK. Even if 20million people are watching in the United States and it is a huge success, if the British show's ratings fall, that will be seen as a failure. Nobody wants that, least of all Simon.'

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