dannii minogueAfter previously denying tensions on set, Dannii Minogue has admitted that she and fellow X Factor judge Simon Cowell aren’t as close as they once were.

On previous series of the talent show, Dannii was Simon’s favourite person on the judging panel but now Simon favours new girl Cheryl Cole instead.

Dannii told the News of the World: “This year has been very emotional and I admit I’ve struggled to deal with it all, especially with Simon, who is the biggest diva on the show. Mariah Carey doesn’t even compare to him!

“I guess Simon and I don’t talk much any more, definitely nothing like last year when I was next to him on the panel and was also the new girl.

“He moved me away from him and now sits next to Cheryl and is in her ear all the time. It is a snub but I’m fine. It’s nothing compared to what I had to go through [with Sharon Osbourne] last year.

“I actually talk to Cheryl now more than I talk to Simon. It’s a very different atmosphere behind the scenes but I’m strong enough to keep on going and try and ignore all the negativity.”

But she insists she has no plans to leave the show - and Simon won’t dump her from the panel either: “I have already spoken to Simon about next year and he’s made it absolutely clear I’ll be back. I want to come back, so I will be there.”