X Factor: Judge Nick Grimshaw QUITS As Simon Cowell AXES Caroline Flack As A Presenter

After the new-look series failed to impress audiences and ratings declined, Simon Cowell has decided to have a shake up at base camp.

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Last year’s new judge Nick Grimshaw has revealed that he will not be returning for another series of the ITV singing competition.

Nick’s spokesman made a statement on the Radio1 breakfast presenter’s decision: “After careful consideration, Nick’s decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year’s X Factor.

"He loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year.”

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Grimshaw, 31, has since dedicated a section of his breakfast show to discuss his departure from the series, insisting that there is no “bad blood”.

He commented: “We just had a think about it and sat down, and I just thought it’s one of those things that I loved, I did love it, its not a diss to the show, it’s not me storming out of X Factor being like ‘screw you Cheryl’! It’s a great show and I loved it.

"I loved Simon, and I loved Cheryl, and I loved Rita, I loved everyone that worked on it, and all the boys as well - the mentoring stuff I really really loved.

"I genuinely loved it, there’s no bad blood. I just want to watch it on the telly.”

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New presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack also faced criticism from viewers when they attempted to take the mic from veteran host Dermot O’Leary, who had worked on the show for eight years.

It has since been revealed that Caroline, 36, has been axed as a presenter as Cowell, 56, plans on revamping the show for another year running.

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Flack is now in talks to star in the West End version of the hit musical Chicago, The Sun reported.

With Grimmy out of the mix, there has been talk of former favourite Louis Walsh returning as a mentor or One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, who joined the music mogul at the Judges’ Houses last year.

An X Factor spokesman commented on the changes but remained tight-lipped on who the replacements could be: “Nick was a great mentor on last year’s series. He did a fantastic job with the boys’ category and we’d like to thank him for all his hard work. We are sad to see him go but wish him all the best.

Details for the new series of The X Factor are still being discussed and will be announced in due course.”

The show is facing competition from The Voice, which is moving to ITV and will begin in early 2017 – so let’s hope that Cowell & Co. are concocting a winning formula back at the X Factor lab.