LONDON: Dannii Minogue is in secret talks to make a sensational return to The X Factor, reported British daily The Sun on Sunday.
The move comes after insiders confirmed that Kelly Rowland will NOT be back for the new series later this year.
Dannii began talks over a return BEFORE her affair with Simon Cowell became public.
Negotiations with producers started a month ago, after her relationship with boyfriend Kris Smith broke down.
Pals say that returning to the UK and the hit ITV1 talent show is just what she needs.
And boss Cowell will welcome her with open arms, even though his disclosures about their affair in the unauthorised biography about him — revealed in The Sun on April 15 — left her devastated.
An insider said: “Simon has always been a fan of Dannii’s — and she is keen for a return to Britain after the end of her relationship with Kris.
“Re-joining The X Factor would be ideal. Producers are really keen to make it happen — and Dannii’s team feel it would be the perfect move.”
The Sun told on Friday how former Destiny’s Child star Kelly was unlikely to return. Sources claimed she had been gunning for a big rise to her reported £500,000 deal.
Dannii, 40, was a judge for four series from 2007 — during which she and Cowell embarked on their affair.
But she left after deciding to move back to Australia to focus on her relationship with Kris and new son Ethan.
Dannii is still a judge on Cowell’s Australia’s Got Talent. That show is about to start airing — and would clash with some X Factor audition dates, which are due to begin in Cardiff on May 15.
But insiders said bosses would accommodate Dannii, even allowing her to miss some.