‘X Factor’ Australia 2016 New Judges: One Direction Liam Payne & GF Cheryl Versini?

"X Factor" judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be returning as an “X Factor” Australia judge but it is rumoured that his boyfriend, One Direction member Liam Payne will be sitting on the judges’ chair with her as well.

Newspaper Sunday People reports the new couple could be heading to the Land Down Under as they were invited to be the next season’s judges, notes Mirror. The invitation was reportedly approved by show’s executive producer, Richard Holloway.

“‘X Factor’ have given their blessing for the Aussie team to approach Cheryl,” the source revealed. “They think having a Fernandez-Versini and Payne on the panel would be a great coup so are trying their best to entice them.”

The negotiation is still “at the very early stages” and the confirmation will be announced soon. Notably, Mirror wrote that the speculations began when Versini stated this week that she will be leaving “X Factor UK” to focus on her musical career.

The Girls Aloud alum said that she is excited to be in the studio again, as per Mail Online report. “I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon [Cowell] who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best,” the website quoted her as saying.

The lovebirds became the center of media attention when Payne revealed that he’s in a relationship with the singer. The 22-year-old did his announcement via Instagram, by slowly sharing cryptic photos with sweet captions.

It was then rumoured that the two are ready to get married anytime soon. According to Payne’s cousin, Ross Harris, their relationship is heading to a serious “marriage vibe.”

“I don’t think their relationship is for publicity just because they’ve been seen holding hands and going to restaurants – unless they’re having fun with the media and fooling everyone, which would actually be quite funny,” Harris allegedly said.

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