It seems life is not all fun and games for Simon Cowell – after latest ratings figures revealed that the UK version of The X Factor has taken a huge kick in the balls from rival show Strictly Come Dancing.

It seems that viewers are telling Simon and pals to foxtrot off in favour of the BBC’s camp dance-fest, which pulled in 9.5million eyeballs last week compared with X Factor’s 7.4million. Cowell’s show lost 200,000 viewers in the space of a week – while Strictly GAINED 300,000.

Maybe it’s time for the pop guru to get tough with Geordie judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, whom he spent the weekend bickering with on air.

Cowell later tweeted a photo of  himself with Cheryl’s rival judge Louis Walsh sitting in her chair, stating: “Strangely, I’m loving the new judge line-up.”

Rumour is that the big man is fed up with backchat from Cheryl (who’s been acting like her turds smell of roses since she got married to her posh French hubby).

A source told the Daily Star today: “Simon doesn’t like people who answer him back. He’s now hinted that Louis will return for next year but maybe not Cheryl.”

Meanwhile, back in the real world where pop acts are not manufactured on the back of an envelope, the Gallagher brothers are being tipped for a reunion in Oasis after Liam pulled the plug on his spin-off band Beady Eye.

“It’s almost certain that Liam will now try to get Oasis back on stage,” claims a columnist in The Sun.

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PS – If you’re wondering who the cute cartoon character is next to Cowell in our photo, it’s Ginger Clam – TV Mix’s new gossip columnist.


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