10 years of Girls Aloud

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Cheryl Cole: "When I had malaria I was given just one day to live"

The Newcastle pop star Cheryl Cole, who is returning as an X Factor judge this year, said when she was suffering with malaria she was given just one day to live.

Cheryl Cole contracted malaria on holiday in 2010 Credit: Ian West/PA

Cole contracted the disease on holiday in Tanzania in 2010. She has been back to East Africa for Sport Relief, to make a short film in a hospital in Uganda, and encourage people in the UK to donate money to buy mosquito nets and eradicate the disease.

She said: "When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.

"The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.

"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.

"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family.

"The pain I felt and went through, it's what so many people go through, all because they don't have a mosquito net which could save their life."

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Simon and Cheryl talk of their X Factor return

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.

The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak to Daybreak about their X Factor return. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.

Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."

It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.

To watch their interview in full, visit the Daybreak website

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Cheryl: 'It's going to be a fun series'

The last time Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole were both on The X Factor was 2010.

They had an audience of 17.2 million watching Matt Cardle being crowned the winner, but that figure had dropped by 7.5 million for the climax of the 2013 series when Sam Bailey won. Cheryl says this series will be 'fun'.

"I'm very happy and excited to be returning to The X Factor. I'm inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It's going to be a fun series."

– Cheryl Cole

Louis on Cheryl: 'Oh no'

Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and ITV bosses have spoken of their excitement about Cheryl Cole's return to The X Factor. Louis Walsh tweeted saying 'oh no!'

"I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join The X Factor again.

"The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists. Obviously the plan is to do the same again... so it's back to work."

– Simon Cowell

"It's official. Cheryl is back. Oh no."

– Veteran judge Louis Walsh via Twitter

"She was an extremely popular judge who struck a real chord with our viewers, and we're looking forward to welcoming her back on screen this autumn."

– Elaine Bedell, ITV's director of comedy and entertainment

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Cheryl's reported £1.5m X Factor contract

Cheryl Cole Credit: Doug Peters/Empics Entertainment

Cheryl Cole is returning to The X Factor after four years. The popstar said she was "happy and excited" to be back with the ITV show.

Cheryl was sacked from the US version of the show. She has since made up with Syco boss Simon Cowell and is reported to have signed a deal for £1.5m.

Both Cowell and the former Girls Aloud star quit the show after the 2010 series to launch a new version across the Atlantic. But she was dropped within weeks, amid claims that Americans could not understand her Newcastle accent, and the pair fell out.

Her return to the UK show was announced by Cowell with a message posted online, which said: "It's official. Cheryl is back. Most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent."

Mixed reaction to Cheryl's X Factor return

There has been mixed reactions to the announcement that Cheryl Cole will return to The X Factor. One comment says 'It is amazing what money can buy', others have supported the move and tweeted their excitement about her being back on the show.

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Will deffos be watching X Factor this year now my fave person @cherylcole is coming back ??

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Cheryl Cole is back on the X Factor?? WOOOOPPDEEEEEDOOOOOOOOO (sense the sarcasm)

Cheryl a 'brilliant judge of talent' says Cowell

Simon Cowell took to Twitter to tell fans of The X Factor that Cheryl Cole will be returning as a judge.

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