Rumors were swirling before that Dannii was going to get the axe due to her pregnancy, but sources close to the show say that won't be happening:
"Dannii will definitely be back and has not been axed. There has been a lot of speculation but we want her back. She really blossomed last year. Dannii gave an absolutely blinding performance in the X Factor last year - the whole nation was captivated by her. She has a poise and a confidence and is completely compelling."
So it looks like Kylie and perhaps some other stars will be filling in for the audition rounds until she returns. The source adds:
"It would be completely impractical for her to do the audition rounds, and a lot will depend on what she wants to do following the birth. Last year the contract wasn't signed until June, so she's not worried at all.
"She loves the X Factor and it is a huge priority for her, so she will do what it takes to make the situation work for everyone."
Well we think Kylie is a more than suitable replacement — how exciting!
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