Dannii Minogue faces the X Factor axe

Insiders on The X Factor have claimed that Dannii Minogue will lose her place on the judging panel, says a report in the Sun.

There has been long-running speculation that the Aussie singer would be replaced later this year and Simon Cowell has yet to offer an extension to her X Factor contract.

Recent reports in tabloids have named Charlotte Church, Gareth Gates, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams as possible candidates to replace Minogue.

An insider revealed: "It's no secret they like to revamp the show every year. The chatter about Dannii going is deafening."

However, show bosses are reportedly uncertain as to the choice of a replacement judge and say that there is a chance that Dannii will stay.

The source added: "But it has to be the right person, otherwise there is no point in replacing her.

"They want someone as good as Cheryl Cole, who has been sensational."

It is understood that Simon Cowell, who has a £20 million deal with ITV, will start contract talks with Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dannii in March.

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