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."
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.
Cheryl Cole is back on the X Factor?? WOOOOPPDEEEEEDOOOOOOOOO (sense the sarcasm)
Simon Cowell took to Twitter to tell fans of The X Factor that Cheryl Cole will be returning as a judge.
It's official. Cheryl is back.
Be careful what you wish for!
Most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent.
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Abi Alton has told ITV News Tyne Tees she was "amazed" by the level of support she received from the region.
Abi Alton, from Guisborough in North Yorkshire, has praised her X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger. "Nicole's great, she really cares about us and wants us to do well", she told ITV News Tyne Tees. "I'll definitely keep in touch with Nicole", she added.
Abi Alton, who was evicted from The X Factor last Sunday, has thanked the people of the North East for supporting her. "I wasn't surprised by it but I was amazed and very humbled by it", she told ITV News Tyne Tees.
Abi Alton has told ITV News Tyne Tees that she feels priviledged to have had the support of the North East during her time on The X Factor. More to follow.
Abi Alton, from Guisborough in North Yorkshire, has spoken out after her eviction from The X Factor.
Speaking on ITV's Daybreak this morning, she said the experience had been "difficult".
"I learnt loads of stuff and met so many interesting people", she added. Looking ahead, she said the contest was "anyone's game".