Judge Dannii Minogue exits UK X Factor over 'Australia's Got Talent' scheduling clash

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cquote1.svg During discussions for me to return [to The X Factor] it became clear that unfortunately, this year, the X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia's Got Talent during June and July. For this reason I am unable to return. Cquote2.svg

Dannii Minogue

Australian singer Dannii Minogue has made the decision to depart from the judging panel of The X Factor, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. In a statement, she said: "I am so disappointed that I can't be a part of The X Factor this year. I'm going to miss the show and the amazing team who work so incredibly hard on it."

Since her first appearance on The X Factor in 2007, Minogue has gone on to mentor two series-winning acts, Leon Jackson and Matt Cardle. When attributing the reason for her departure, which occurred a short time period before the launch of the eighth series of the competition, Minogue stated, "[d]uring discussions for me to return [to The X Factor] it became clear that unfortunately, this year, the X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia's Got Talent [on which she is a judge] during June and July. For this reason I am unable to return."

According to Metro.co.uk, British musician Tulisa Contostavlos from English group N-Dubz will be employed in the position Minogue was on The X Factor. Various users of social networking website Twitter reacted negatively to this news, the Metro reported.

One source close to the programme told Sky News that Contostavlos is "not a reality TV creation, she's created herself" and that "[e]veryone on the show has met her, and they loved her. She's the real deal." He also reported that "[t]he singer from north London also fits 'the right age demographic'".

Danni Minogue in October 2010. Image: Acediscovery.
Danni Minogue in October 2010.
Image: Acediscovery.
Leon Jackson, as seen here earlier this year, was one of the acts Minogue mentored during series 4 of The X Factor. Jackson went on to win the series. Image: Sixtyplace9472.
Leon Jackson, as seen here earlier this year, was one of the acts Minogue mentored during series 4 of The X Factor. Jackson went on to win the series.
Image: Sixtyplace9472.
Matt Cardle performing in December 2010. Minogue mentored Cardle, who became the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor. Image: James Whatley.
Matt Cardle performing in December 2010. Minogue mentored Cardle, who became the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor.
Image: James Whatley.



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