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