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Zayn Malik denies X Factor role

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has denied reports he is being lined as the next X Factor judge.

The heartthrob found fame on the reality TV show with One Direction in 2010, but has denied reports he will return as a judge after leaving the band. While a series of big names have been linked to a spot alongside Simon Cowell for the new series, Zayn has ruled himself out of the race.

“It’s a complete fabrication, this story is complete nonsense,” a spokesperson for the singer told MailOnline.

Yesterday, rumours emerged that X Factor boss Simon was eager to sign Zayn up as a replacement for Louis Walsh. While his former bandmate Louis Tomlinson was previously tipped for the role, sources claimed Simon believed Zayn would prove a real ratings winner.

“Simon has told Zayn he’d make a great judge and it’s him rather than Louis he really wants. Louis and the other boys will be touring next year, too,” a source told British newspaper The Daily Star. “The last thing Simon wants is another shock, so he’s keeping Zayn very close now and knows about all his projects.”

Meanwhile, the X Factor’s new host Caroline Flack looks set to spark a scheduling clash.

The 35-year-old presenter will be expected to return to X Factor’s rival Strictly Come Dancing as the reigning champion. Traditionally, the last winners of the show appear with their professional partner to perform a routine on the new series. This could prove a problem for Caroline’s filming commitments for the X Factor.

“If schedules allow it then Caroline should be able to take part in Strictly filming as the current champion,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. “Logistically it could be impossible as she might be tied up filming X Factor, perhaps abroad at judges’ houses. In principle we won’t be stopping her but it’s not ideal. She’s the new face of the show alongside Olly [Murs] and we know she’ll do a brilliant job.

“It is confusing for viewers who flick between channels to see her backing both series.”

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