Simon Cowell 'wants Dannii Minogue X Factor return'
Published May 1 2012, 09:46 BST | By Tom Eames Simon Cowell
reportedly wants Dannii Minogue to return to The X Factor
as a judge.
Dannii Minogue has recently been linked with a return to the talent show since her exit in 2010
, and is said to be in early negotiations with show bosses.
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The Australian singer would replace the outgoing Kelly Rowland, who confirmed her exit from the series yesterday
A source close to production told The Sun
: "Kelly was never given a contract to look at by bosses. Simon has remained a big fan of Dannii's and wants her back."
The reports come two weeks after Tom Bower's biography of Cowell revealed that he and Minogue had a secret affair
during The X Factor
's 2007 run.
Kelly Rowland cited "global commitments" and the show's "increasing demands" for her exit.
A show insider added: "Kelly put a lot of people's noses out of joint last year due to her lack of commitment and her demands."
Gary Barlow has reportedly signed a £2 million deal to return as a judge
, while Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh are expected to sign contracts soon.