With Kelly Rowland officially out on The X Factor (UK), it appears producers have found a replacement in former Spice Girls darling Geri Halliwell.
According to the Mirror, Halliwell is close to securing a $1.1 million deal to replace Rowland as a judge this Fall.
If secured, the contract would be for one year. If she impresses producers (and viewers), Halliwell will be given an extended deal.
“Simon was impressed with the way Geri handled herself during auditions a couple of years ago, and thinks she has the gravitas and star presence to really shake-up the panel,” a source told the Mirror. “She has great chemistry with Louis and bosses expect these two to join forces against Gary which will make for great viewing.”
As previously reported, Kelly Rowland decided against returning to focus more on other projects and a follow up to her 2011 effort “Here I Am” which spawned the Billboard Music Award winning single “Motivation.”
The X Factor UK returns this Fall.