Guest X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has apparently altered the format of the show within days of joining the panel.
After heated talks with Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh, the Pussycat Doll managed to get the age range for the older acts increased from 25 to 28.
“Nicole has taken her role very seriously. She’s very fiery and full of ideas,” the Daily Star quoted a show source as saying.
While Simon and Louis have six acts to choose from at the judges’ houses stage of the contest, the girls will each have eight acts performing for them.
“As they weren’t at the auditions, it was thought only fair to give them more acts to choose from or they could moan they hadn’t a chance of winning,” a source said.