As ITV’s biggest show, it’s little wonder bosses are prepared to pay a pretty penny to keep judges sweet, with all four signing on to do the 14th series.
And with their huge salaries, who can blame them for staying?
While the ITV have never done “a BBC” and officially made it public knowledge what their main stars earn, last year the Mirror reported on the massive salaries of the panel.
The biggest earner of the bunch was Nicole Scherzinger, who sacrificed her place in Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Cats last year to join the X Factor lineup, reportedly earning a whopping £1.8 million to appear on the show.
Behind her in the pay stakes was Sharon Osbourne, who was thought to be paid £1.7 million for the pleasure of sitting on the X Factor panel.
In last place was longest-serving judge Louis, who was comparatively relatively cheap compared to the two ladies, pocketing a paltry £1 million.
Head judge Simon Cowell’s earnings are currently unknown, however, bearing in mind it is his show and the fact he is thought to be worth more than £300 million, we can assume it’s a pretty hefty pay packet.
Former judge Cheryl was also handsomely paid when she returned as an X Factor judge in 2015, with her £1.8 million wage matching rival Scherzy’s.
But while Simon has previously hinted that he’d like the former Girls Aloud singer back on the show, Cheryl herself has made a fairly firm gesture that she will never be returning to the X Factor.
According to The Sun, Cheryl has shut down the company CherCo Productions Ltd that handled her salary from the series.
An insider revealed: “Cheryl isn’t going back on the panel, even as a guest judge.”
X Factor returns tonight at 8pm on ITV.