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Cowell to return to X Factor auditions on Wednesday

Simon Cowell will return to the judging panel on Wednesday. Credit: PA

X Factor auditions will begin this week after the show was halted following the death of Simon Cowell's mother.

The music mogul will attend auditions on Wednesday and Thursday, a statement from Syco said. The first try-outs had been due to begin in Manchester today.

Announcing the death of 89-year-old Julie Cowell last night, his family said they were "heartbroken".

A family spokesman added: "We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie's privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time."

Read more: X Factor auditions cancelled following death of Simon Cowell's mother

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