Ex-judge Cheryl Cole to make X Factor return tonight

Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow
Cheryl Cole teamed up with Take That star Gary Barlow in her mentor role. Credit: Ken McKay/PA Wire

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole will be back on the show tonight, almost two years after her departure.

Cole will return as a guest mentor, helping Gary Barlow put his acts from the older "overs" category through their paces during the judges' houses stage of the ITV1 talent show.

She bowed out from the UK X Factor after the 2010 series to take up a short-lived place on the panel for the US version of the show.

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Cheryl Cole returns to X Factor

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole makes her return to the show tonight almost two years after her departure, as she becomes a guest mentor alongside Gary Barlow.