Kelly Rowland apparently wants £1.5 million if she’s to return to the X Factor this year.
The ‘Down For Whatever’ chanteuse ‘is said’ to have caught wind of Gary Barlow’s massive pay rise, which has seen his salary soar to an impressive £2 million. Last season Kelly “only” pocketed £500,000, so she wants that to be tripled before she signs any dotted lines.
But with auditions scheduled to start on May 15, bosses are reportedly weighing up their chances of success if they sack her off altogether and look for someone with a more reasonable price tag.
Says ‘a source’ to The Sun:
“Yes, we would love to see Kelly back as she was good and people liked her. But we are never held to ransom over these things. We never negotiate a deal based on what another member of the show is getting as that would be ludicrous. There is not a truckload of money sitting here to just hand out to people. Whatever we pay is a good salary and something they would struggle to get on any other TV show.”
Of course this could all be fabricated bullshit, but it does throw up the question of who would replace Kelly if she backed out. Bearing in mind how well The Voice has done, the show certainly needs to up its game if it’s going to remain the nation’s favourite talent hunt.