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…

For the latest news on the show and for details of how to apply for the auditions, go to the X Factor website