Dannii to make return to our screens

Dannii Minogue Fabulous UK October 2011 Dannii Minogue will return to our screens – as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

The former X Factor judge has been told by show producers its a definite yes from them and contracts have already been exchanged.

It is all change for the hit ITV show as comedian David Walliams also joins the judging panel.

Long-term judge Amanda Holden will also return for the live shows but despite looking forward to the birth of her baby in the New Year will gamely attend all the auditions.

Dannii will replace Michael McIntyre who quit last year and screen legend David Hasselhoff who was sacked.

While Amanda is on maternity leave a number of famous faces are set to fill her shoes.

‘David Walliams is a real favourite with the nation and Dannii is hugely popular. It’s exciting for her to be coming back,’ a source told The Sunday Mirror.

Model and fashion designer Dannii is believed to have told producers her schedule must be ‘set in stone’ to avoid a repeat of her dramatic exit from the X Factor last year.

The 40-year-old always maintained she left the show because producers couldn’t make the dates work around her other commitments.

‘Dannii has said yes and they’re happy that she will do it, but she needs confirmed shooting schedules and dates for the entire series before she packs her bags and lets other opportunities go.

‘She doesn’t want what happened last time to happen again. Being a mum she has to plan ahead. It’s as simple as that – Ethan is the priority.’

The former X Factor judge revealed she quit the ITV show to concentrate on motherhood after producers asked her to shuttle between Australia and the UK to film auditions.

She said the stress simply became too much – and also took a toll on her relationship with long-term boyfriend Kris Smith, the father of her 13-month-old son.

She said: ‘My thyroid stopped working and I had appendicitis.

‘Leading up to that I was getting thinner and thinner, and stressing because I didn’t know what it was.