Nick Grimshaw has signed a contract to replace Louis Walsh on The X Factor.
According to a report in The Sun, the Radio 1 Breakfast Show host met Cowell yesterday to “thrash out” a contract, which could see him take a seat alongside his mate Rita Ora, who Cowell wants to poach from The Voice.
The newspaper also claims Grimshaw’s other pals – Kiss FM Breakfast Show hosts Rickie and Melvin and Rochelle Humes will replace Sarah-Jane Crawford as the new faces of The Xtra Factor. The trio already work with Nick on his BBC Three panel show, Sweat The Small Stuff.
Cowell recently said, “I think anyone who works in the business, and loves music, has a right to be on this show.
“Nick loves artists and music, that’s what I love about him.”
He added, “I like the fact that he’s from the North so he represents them.”
An official announcement is expected from itv later today.