Cheryl to replace Simon as X Factor Judge’s illness riddle continues

After missing the first two live shows, there's talk of Simon doing us all a favour and not returning....

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Simon Cowell’s mysterious absence from the X Factor’s opening two live shows has prompted speculation over his future on the judging panel, with ex-judge Cheryl Cole much fancied to replace him.

We make Cowell a short price not to return to our screens this weekend (2/1), and 33/1 that he sits out the entire SERIES.

If he does, popular former contestant and mentor Cheryl – who appeared alongside Simon during the Judges’ Houses phase of the show – is amongst the favourites to replace him at 10/1.

Speaking of falls, the show has experienced plunging viewing figures, and is now just 5/2 not to return to ITV next year.

Adele-esque singer-songwriter Grace Davies remains Paddy Power’s favourite to win the show (6/4), ahead of Watford group Rak-Su (11/4), schoolgirl singer Holly Tandy (6/1), and siblings The CutKelvins (8/1).

Paddy Power said: “I’m glad to hear Simon’s better and back on his feet, but the X Factor isn’t without him.

“Apparently, the judging mogul sees his illness as a wake up call, and could prioritise things beyond sob story centred TV.

“If he doesn’t make it back, ITV will want a star name to replace him, and who better than Cheryl Cole?”

X FACTOR SPECIALS
5/2         X Factor not to appear on ITV next year
2/1         Simon Cowell not to return to the X Factor this weekend
10/1       Cheryl Cole to return to the judging panel this series
33/1       Cowell to miss the rest of this series

X FACTOR WINNER
6/4         Grace Davies
11/4       Rak-Su
6/1         Holly Tandy
8/1         The CutKelvins
14/1       Sean and Conor Price
22/1       Lloyd Macey

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