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Simon Cowell to return to The X Factor judging panel

Cowell said he is "absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor" Photo: Ian West/PA

Simon Cowell is to return to the X Factor judging panel for the show's 11th series, ITV has announced.

In a statement, he said:

I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK.

It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.

The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix.

– Simon Cowell

He revealed his fellow judges had not been decided yet:

Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see…