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Simon has the X Factor

Sussex resident, Simon Cowell, makes his X Factor plans clear Credit: PA Wire

The star quit the panel to work on his US version of the show and has not been a judge for the past two years but in an interview with Hello! magazine he promised he would be coming back.

Cowell, who will be back on screens next month with the return of Britain's Got Talent, said: "I'm definitely getting more involved and will have a role in the next series.

"I'm not going to lie - I do miss doing it, because it's like my baby.

"It's been difficult the last two years not being on the show as I always had a great time and the last time that I did do it, it was such a brilliant year. So at some point of course I'm going to come back and do the show."

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Jahmene Douglas in X Factor Final Two

Jahmene Douglas switched on the Christmas lights in Swindon last week Credit: ITV News

Swindon's Jahmene Douglas will go head to head with James Arthur in tonight's final of the X Factor after Christopher Maloney was voted out of the competition.

Prior to the contest he patrolled the aisles of Asda in Swindon, marking down products as they neared their best-before limit, but viewers clearly don't think he's reached his sell-by date.

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Court appearance - Connor Saunders death

Connor Saunders who died following a brawl Credit: Police

A 14-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of a former X

Factor star's best friend in East Sussex. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of punching Connor Saunders of Woodingdean in Brighton last month.

The 19 year old died in hospital. Singer Frankie Cocozza was one of the pallbearers at his friend's funeral. The youngster will appear in court again in October.

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