If Lewis Hamilton’s got anything to do with it, his girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger, won’t be making a return to The X-Factor as a judge. The F1 driver reckons their schedules will be too packed for them to spend any time together.

An insider divulged to the Sunday People newspaper: “Lewis has said to Nicole this is going to be an awful situation and perhaps she shouldn't do it. If he thought she had her heart set on returning he wouldn't say this, but he knows she isn't desperate to go back and thinks she would be happier if they were together.” They added: “Nicole is also worried she won't see much of Lewis so it is a big factor that will deeply affect her decision.” Problem is, Simon Cowell really wants the Pussycat Doll to return, and has put her in a brilliant position, financially. Well, he would do anyway. Another insider (where do they get these insiders?) told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “Nicole has Simon [Cowell] over a barrel. He's made it clear that his dream judging panel is Nicole, Sharon [Osbourne], Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow. Nicole feels she is in a great negotiating position because she was by far the most popular judge last year and Simon should be rewarding her for that."

So what’s she going to do? “There's a massive stand-off over her signing the contract - she wants Simon to pay her the extra million, putting her on £1.7 million. He really doesn't have a choice if he wants her to return to the show.” We reckon it’s only a matter of time before she signs that deal.

Nicole Scherzinger

Plenty to think about - Scherzinger