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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."

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