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X Factor panel ‘to earn £8m’

The X Factor bosses have reportedly splashed out an impressive £8 million on securing Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora as judges.

Bosses have splashed out the huge sum on securing the new-look line-up of singer Rita Ora and radio DJ Nick Grimshaw alongside regulars Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

In the deal, music mogul Simon will rake in an impressive £4.2 million, while Cheryl stands to earn £1.8 million. Newcomers Rita and Nick – known as ‘Grimmy’ – will be handed £1 million each, reports British newspaper The Sun.

Rita jumped ship from rival talent show The Voice after just one season, and the reported new deal sees her double her earnings as a TV judge.

Amanda Holden revealed live on air yesterday that Simon – her fellow judge on Britain’s Got Talent – had sent her a text message praising the new panel. Amanda said Simon has insisted the judges were more interested in finding new stars than taking home a big pay cheque.

“I'm very happy, they were all agreed because of their excitement for the show and how much they want to find someone special. Nobody has signed up for the money, it was passion for being on The X Factor,” Amanda said as she read the message out on This Morning.

News that Nick and Rita had joined the ITV show was confirmed yesterday, with Nick sharing his excitement about the new project with his BBC Radio 1 breakfast show listeners.

While Nick made no secret of his interest in the role, Rita kept her cards close to her chest.

It has been reported that Cheryl met with the singer to convince her to join the judging panel last month. The music stars have become close friends and are looking forward to making their mark in the new series.

“They are both girly girls and are going to stick together,” a source told British newspaper The Sun.

Auditions kick off next month, with arena try outs taking place in London and Manchester. Room auditions have apparently been ditched for the new series and the number of live shows has been reduced from ten to seven.

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