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Grimmy to confirm X Factor role?

BBC radio host Nick ‘Grimmy’ Grimshaw is set to be announced as the new X Factor judge “within 24 hours”.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ has been linked to the role for some months and the rumours are set to be confirmed imminently. Having been publicly backed by Louis Walsh, who he will replace on the panel, Nick met with show boss Simon Cowell over the weekend to hammer out a contract.

According to British newspaper The Sun, the announcement about Nick – known as Grimmy - will be made “today or tomorrow”.

“It would take a real curve ball to mess up the deal,” a source revealed.

A host of big names are believed to have been in the running for the judging role. Stars such as One Direction heartthrob Louis Tomlinson and his former bandmate Zayn Malik, as well as Robbie Williams, have all been linked to the talent series.

Simon and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini look set to reclaim their seats, but Mel B has left the show after just one season - meaning there are two spots to be filled.

Rita Ora is the hot favourite to join the panel, with Simon believed to be determined to steal her away from rival show The Voice.

Last week it was reported that the outspoken singer was in advanced negotiations to sign up, and she has admitted she’s a huge X Factor fan.

While Rita hasn’t confirmed anything yet, she has refused to rule out jumping ship to ITV.

“It is very complimentary, of course. A massive compliment. Watching a bidding war going on makes me feel special,” she smiled.

“I’m not going to get in to whether I have been made an offer - I’m not going to go there - but it is nice to even be rumoured to be in the running.”

Simon is also believed to have signed up Kiss FM DJs Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom for ITV2’s Xtra Factor. They are set to be joined by The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes.

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