Dannii Minogue is ready to sign for X Factor – and Simon will look after her this year!

Posted by Dean Piper On May 24th, 2009

I’ve some good news for Simon Cowell. After stalling for more than two months, Dannii Minogue is finally going to sign up to this year’s X Factor.

My pal Dannii has given Simon and co sleepless nights by refusing to commit to the new series, but after frantic 11th-hour negotiations I’m told she will sign on the dotted line this week. The 37-year-old star will fly to London with boyfriend Kris Smith next week ready to start filming on June 8.

A source close to Dan tells me: “After the end of the last series Dannii didn’t want to return. She was beaten down to a pulp being made the baddie of the show, thanks to Simon – and Louis Walsh was continually bullying her backstage. But she doesn’t want to turn her back on the show that she’s worked so hard on.

“Her friends have rallied round her to get her to sign again, and she’s ecstatic to be returning.”

But the negotiations have been tough – with Dannii laying down the law to producers saying this season will be done on her terms. The source adds that Simon was desperate not to lose her, saying: “The panel works with the current line-up, and after the Kelly Brook debacle on Britain’s Got Talent he didn’t want to risk any sort of failure.

“Simon’s given Dannii his word that he won’t fuel infighting rumours between her and Cheryl Cole and has said he won’t take any nonsense from Louis Walsh if he starts his usual snidey remarks backstage.”

Dannii has always denied there’s ever been a problem with Cheryl. I even spotted the pair last year have a heart-to- heart in Dannii’s dressing room after contestant Daniel Evans was thrown out by the public vote.

But it’s no surprise that she’s been keen to skip the show if you ask me – as she’s exploring other work avenues.

She wants to return to acting, is still recording solo music material with the Freemasons and is blissfully happy with her model boyfriend Kris. There’s even talk of an engagement in the near future. It’s good to have you back on X Factor, Missy!

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