"The X Factor" U.K. guest mentors for 2014 are reportedly Paula Abdul, Sinitta, Tulisa, Jason Derulo and Sia. The guest mentors will make their appearances during the "judges' houses" phase of the competition, when the contestants who will perform in the show's live episodes are chosen.
According to Metro:
- Abdul and Sinitta will assist judge Simon Cowell, who is mentoring the Overs category (solo singers ages 25 and over) this year. They will reportedly film their judges' houses episodes somewhere in the United States.
- Tulisa will assist judge Louis Walsh, who is mentoring the Groups category. They will reportedly film their judges' houses episodes in Bermuda.
- Derulo will assist judge Mel B, who is mentoring the Boys category (male solo singers ages 14 to 24).
- Sia will assist judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who is mentoring the Girls category (female solo singers ages 14 to 24). They will reportedly film their judges' houses episodes in Nice, France.
Abdul has worked with Cowell many times over the years. She was on the "American Idol" judging panel with him from 2002 to 2009. She was also a judge on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011 but was fired from the show. Tulisa (the stage name of Tulisa Contostavlos) was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011 and 2012 until she too was fired.
Season 11 of "The X Factor" U.K. premieres on ITV on Aug. 30, 2014. As previously reported, AXS TV is bringing the show to American television. AXS TV will televise new episodes of "The X Factor" U.K. the night after each episode is televised in the United Kingdom.
Sept. 28, 2014 update: Metro got some of the facts wrong. The following guest mentors have been officially announced for "The X Factor" U.K. in 2014: Sinitta is paired with Cowell. Emma Bunton is paired with Mel B. Tinie Tempah is paired with Fernandez-Versini. Contostavlos is paired with Walsh.