Ahlan! Judges the X Factor Judges
10 Kelly Rowland
VINTAGE: 2011, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: Calling in sick! We respected her like a sister at first, but then she was reduced to comedy fodder after she pulled the lamest sickie in TV history ever.
9 Louis Walsh
VINTAGE: 2004 to present, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: More of an era than a moment, Louis’ best bits can be collated into the petty seven-year bicker-fest he acted out with his rival Simon Cowell. Bravo boys, bravo.
8 Gary Barlow
VINTAGE: 2011 to present date, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: He’s fit. Nuff said.
VINTAGE: 2011 to present, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: Her mentees Little Mix made X Factor history by winning the show – the very first group act to make it all the way!
6 Nicole Scherzinger
VINTAGE: 2011 to present, US and UK
DEFINING MOMENT: How does revenge feel? Like $1 million! Nic bounced back when she joined as UK judge. Take that, haters!
5 Britney Spears
VINTAGE: 2012, US
DEFINING MOMENT: The fact that she got the job at all. OMG?! The most speculated-to-be-mental-but-please-don’t-sue-us-for-saying-so star was brought in this year for $15 million! Like a car crash, we looked away, and then we looked back. We must stop looking...
4 Cheryl Cole
VINTAGE: 2008 to 2011, UK and US
DEFINING MOMENT: After becoming ill with malaria, everyone forgot about Cheryl’s alleged racial attack on a toilet attendant. Well, everyone except Simon. He sacked her!
3 Dannii Minogue
VINTAGE: 2004 to 2008, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: She battled with Sharon Osbourne and there was an alleged 2007 affair with Simon Cowell as told in Si’s “unauthorised” bio. It’s always the quiet ones.
2 Simon Cowell
VINTAGE: 2004 to 2011, UK and US
DEFINING MOMENT: Simon quit the UK show to join the US version in 2011, leaving Gary Barlow with some big shoes (and high-waisted trousers) to fill. Gary’s good, but nowhere near as good at making chavs cry!
1 Sharon Osbourne
VINTAGE: 2004 to 2007, UK
DEFINING MOMENT: This one was born a legend. She can deliver a retort like a slap in the face and she’s not to be offended when she’s near water. Poor Louis learned this lesson when Sharon drenched the music mogul with a pint of Evian!