Northamptonshire manor house stars in X Factor

Gary Barlow and his guest mentor Cheryl Cole Credit: PA/Ian West

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole makes her return to the show tonight almost two years after her departure, as she becomes a guest mentor helping pal Gary Barlow.

Cole bowed out from the UK X Factor after the 2010 series to take up a short-lived place on the panel of the US version of the show.

She ruled out a return as a judge, but agreed to a temporary comeback helping out Barlow as he took his over 28 category hopefuls to a country pile in Northamptonshire.

She ruled out a return as a judge, but agreed to a temporary comeback helping out Barlow as he took his hopefuls in the over 28 category to a country pile in Northamptonshire.

Boughton House near Kettering was used as Barlow's "House" for the show, which is screened on ITV1 tonight and tomorrow.

Other guest mentors include Tinie Tempah, who teams up with Tulisa Contostavlos, Ne-Yo who accompanies Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne who is the sidekick to Louis Walsh.