Simon Cowell tells ‘GMTV’ that the tensions between Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue are fading as they prepare for a new season of ‘The X Factor’. “Girls are girls right – they all want to be the center of attention,” Simon said of the pair’s rivalry. “I don’t think anyone has ever ended up as best friends but they don’t hate each other. In fact actually no, I think they like each other now…ish.”
Simon added, “They’re not going to go on holiday together Ben, but you know, they’ve got to do the job they’re being paid to do – which is judge a talent show. Things have quieted down a bit – I think.”
Dannii Minogue Isn’t Leaving ‘X Factor’
January 30, 2009 – ITN spoke with Simon Cowell’s girlfriend Sinita and his PR man Max Clifford about reports Dannii Minogue is getting pushed out of ‘X Factor’. “It’s just these kinds of things are put about by unscrupulous journalists and media people,” Clifford said. “They make up all sorts of things all the time. It’s a terrible thing they do.” Watch the clip below.
Sharon Claims Dannii Joined ‘X Factor’ To “Fu** Simon Cowell”
January 13, 2009 – Sharon Osbourne is bringing her feud with Dannii Minogue, telling Piers Morgan on ITV1 that the Australian pop star was the reason behind her quitting ‘The X Factor’. “All Dannii wanted to do was fu** Simon Cowell,” Sharon claimed. “That’s why she’s on the show.”
Ozzy’s wife added she only asked for a $3 million deal so bosses would force her to quit. The source said: “They offered [$2.4] million but she ‘couldn’t bear to sit next to Dannii six more months’.” Read more.
Dannii To Focus On Her Music, Could Exit ‘X Factor’
January 4, 2009 – News of the World reports Dannii Minogue is teaming up with the Freemasons to return to her singing career, and if things go well enough, the 37-year-old may walk away from ‘The X Factor’ and the sniping she’s endured from fellow judge Louis Walsh. “Dannii is sick of the sniping, and seeing Cheryl Cole balance her singing and judging career for the past few months has made her more determined than ever before,” a source explained.
The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.