Paloma Faith could become the 4th judge on X Factor 2014

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A contender straight out of left field has been thrown into the X Factor judging ring - Paloma Faith! Plenty of rumours have been circulating over just who will take the final judges chair and Faith seems to be the frontrunner at the moment.

Simon Cowell has already confirmed he is returning for 2014 in an attempt to boost flagging ratings and revitalise the show. Louis Walsh will be present as ever in his role as the show's constant while Cheryl Cole is also making a much anticipated return and it is believed Cole will have a big say in who judge number 4 will be.

Faith has guest starred on the show before meaning the learning curve would not be so steep for her. But while she is a strong contender, Cowell is said to keen to add an American judge to the panel in order to mix things up. Kesha's name has been mentioned a few times but while nothing concrete has happened there yet, she is looking to get a bit of TV work under her belt.

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Nicole Scherzinger declined the opportunity to continue in her role as a judge this year as she instead opted to focus on her music career for 2014. She also has the small matter of a summer wedding to Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton to worry about.

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