The X Factor wage bill for judges is set to top £6 million this year, according to reports.
According to The Sun, all four judges, who are yet to be announced, are seeking seven-figure deals for the first time.
The newspaper says that their pay packets will push Simon Cowell's ITV show, which suffered in the ratings last year, over budget.
It said that Sharon Osbourne, set to make her comeback after six years, will pocket between £1.5 million and £2 million.
Gary Barlow is looking to return with more than £1.5 million and Nicole Scherzinger is anticipating a similar deal, including flying her own make-up team and stylist from the US.
Louis Walsh will be back with £1 million, the newspaper said.
A source was quoted as saying: "Producers know it will cost significantly more than last year."
An X Factor spokesman said: "No formal decisions have been taken."