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Sinitta shocked at losing X Factor Judges’ Houses role – is Cheryl her replacement?

The 80s popstar was expecting to join pal Simon Cowell on the hit show

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Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
September 16, 2017
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It appears all is not well between Sinitta and Simon Cowell. The close friends normally appear together at the Judges’ Houses selection phase of the X Factor, but this year show bosses seem to have had a shake up and 80s popstar Sinitta has not been asked to return. Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, the singer expressed her shock at the decision. She wrote: “Today I was informed I will Not be doing @TheXFactor again this year (after being invited back 2 years in a row and so close to filming).” The star posted her message beside a cartoon of herself and a sign that read: “That’s cold.” Now fans are speculating that new mum Cheryl may be her replacement.

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The Judges’ Houses episodes are expected to hit our screens on the 21-22 October weekend, with filming rumoured to take place next week, so it was clearly a surprise for Sinitta to hear the news. Her fans on social media rallied to support her, with one saying: “That’s harsh!! No worries @sinittaofficial head and chin up xxx.” Another told her: “Gutted. Always ready and willing for a Sinitta moment.” One fan said: “Shame never mind hun but there is a lot more in life to worry about.... Great news for Cheryl can't wait. All the best.”

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Sinitta and Simon Cowell at a Judges' Houses back in 2010

If Cheryl were to join Simon on Judges’ Houses, her fans would be over the moon as the star has kept a low profile since becoming mum to baby boy Bear in March this year. The singer made her first public appearance at the charity football match #Game4Grenfell at the start of September and wowed onlookers with her toned physique.

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Singer Cheryl and Sinitta 

Earlier this month, Sinitta told The Sun of her fears that Cheryl may be set to replace her on the X Factor. Talking at the Retribution premiere, she told the paper: “You can't look like that, have hair like that, have Liam, have the perfect baby, the perfect body, the perfect face, be a pop star, be drop-dead gorgeous and take Judges' Houses.” She added: “She needs to stay in her lane a little bit. I love you Chez but don't even go there - not that I'm bothered. I thought I was coming back but now I've heard Cheryl is coming back. Simon has been a bit quiet - on text messages and Whatsapp.”

WATCH: Cheryl reveals her make-up secrets after becoming a mum to baby Bear

Meanwhile The Sun also report that Stormzy is set to join X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger in South Africa for Judges’ Houses. There’s no word yet as to who Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh’s celebrity helpers might be. Watch this space!

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