Simon Cowell wants Estelle to replace Kelly Rowland on X Factor
By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 22, Feb 2012, 17:07 pm IST | UPDATED: 22, Feb 2012, 17:07 pm IST
LA: She hasn't even officially quit yet but Simon Cowell is thought to want Estelle to replace Kelly Rowland on The X Factor when it returns later this year.
Show boss Simon Cowell is reportedly in talks with the 'American Boy' singer about the possibility of her joining the ITV1 show when it returns to screens later this year.
Former judge Kelly is thought to have told the 52-year-old music mogul she is quitting the panel to focus on her solo career in the US.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: 'Estelle's name is very high on his list now and serious enquiries have been made as to her availability for auditions in May.'
Tulisa Contostavlos – who mentored last year's winners Little Mix – as well as Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh have all reportedly been offered pay rises to return to the series.
However, Simon has previously admitted he is keen for Cheryl Cole – who quit the UK series to launch the US version of the show last year but was axed after just four rounds of auditions – to return to the judging panel of 'The X Factor'.
He said: 'I regret what happened because Cheryl was a close friend. I've always believed we'll end up doing something together again.
'She could be a panellist again if she wanted to - 100 per cent. I don't know if she would. I think she probably misses me.'