TAKE That star GARY BARLOW was yesterday hired as a judge for this year's X Factor - alongside veteran LOUIS WALSH.
Gary, 40, will replace SIMON COWELL, who's off to front the US version.
Louis, 58, returns for his seventh year.
Last night a source said: "Louis has been told he's back - and Gary is now a definite.
"Gary knows the business inside and out. If anyone could replace Simon, it's him."
The Sun can reveal that Destiny's Child star KELLY ROWLAND, 30, is in talks for the job vacated by CHERYL COLE, who is joining Simon in the US.
Aussie DANNII MINOGUE, 39, has been invited back but has yet to sign up.