dannii minogueJust weeks after she declared she is there to stay, Simon Cowell is reportedly going to dump Dannii Minogue from The X Factor after all.

An inside source at the ITV talent show told the News of the World: “Simon’s made his decision. Once his mind’s made up it’s very hard to change.

“Even though ITV has the final say, Simon is the driving force behind X Factor. If Simon wants a man in Dannii’s place he’ll get it.”

The source added that Simon telling Dannii she will return for the next series of the show is all part of his plan too: “He has to make Dannii think her position is safe or she might walk now.

“If one of her acts wins the series, she might get a reprive but otherwise this series is her last.”

Dannii’s contestant Rachel Hylton was voted off the show last night, leaving her with just one contestant still in the running, Ruth Lorenzo. Simon and Louis Walsh also have one act each left (Eoghan Quigg and band JLS respectively) while Cheryl Cole has two left - Diane Vickers and Alexandra Burke.