One Direction's Liam Payne And Cheryl Fernandez-Versini To Judge On 'X Factor Australia'?

Liam Payne and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
(Photo : Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson, John Phillips) "X Factor Australia" reportedly wants One Direction's Liam Payne and his girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to join its judging panel next season.

One Direction's Liam Payne and his girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez-Versini may be heading to the land Down Under to join the judging panel of "X Factor Australia."

The Daily Mirror reported that the Aussie talent competition wants the couple to serve as judges in the upcoming season of the show.

Sources told the newspaper that "X Factor Australia" has asked and been given permission by exec Richard Holloway to approach both Payne, 22, and Fernandez-Versini, 32.

"'X Factor UK' have given their blessing for the Aussie team to approach Cheryl," said a source. "They think having a Cheryl and Liam on the panel would be a great coup so are trying their best to entice them."

The source added that talks between all the parties involved are "at the very early stages at the moment," but anything could happen.

News about the potential judging stint on "X Factor Australia" comes after Fernandez-Versini announced this week that she was leaving the "X Factor UK" to focus on her music.

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 "I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on 'The X Factor.' I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I've missed making music and am excited to be recording again," Fernandez-Versini said in a statement to the Daily Mail, announcing her exit from the British singing competition.

She continued: "I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon [Cowell] who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best."

If Fernandez-Versini ends up becoming a judge on "X Factor Australia," it wouldn't be the first time the British and Australian versions of the "X Factor" swapped talent.

Spice Girl Mel B, 40, was a judge on "X Factor Australia" from 2011 to 2012 before joining the judging panel of the British show. Dannii Minogue, 44, also served as a judge on both shows.

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