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Simon Cowell Threatens To Axe All X Factor Judges

Simon Cowell is NOT happy about the drop in X Factor viewing figures, and he’s on the warpath with the new line-up of judges firmly in his sights.

Gary Barlow has revealed that Simon gave the panel a talking to, the Mirror reports.

He said: “Simon said we need to work at the show and make it 10% better each week, so by the end of the series the show will be at least 50% better. That is what we are trying to do this week.

“We are all upping our game. There is always room for ­improvement. There can be better song choices, better styling, better performances.”

Simon apparently made the phone call from his Los Angeles base and told judges Gary, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos they need to raise their game.

A senior show source said: “The show and the judges in particular have to be a lot better this week. Simon will not tolerate another poor show this series. He has axed big names before and he will do it again if he needs to.”

While Gary’s blasted the contestants, Louis has pointed the finger elsewhere.

Louis said: “Maybe the TV ads had something to do with it. I think there were too many last week but that is up to ITV, they pay the bills.”