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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.

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'I've been there,' Cole tells X Factor hopefuls

Cole agreed to a temporary comeback alongside Barlow at a country pile in Northamptonshire. Credit: Ken McKay/PA Wire

Cheryl Cole - who was given her big break on TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals - will tell the X Factor hopefuls she can sympathise because she has been in their position.

The Girls Aloud star says: "I've been there and I have been here so I know how you are all feeling, I am just excited to see what you have got. [I] think it's going to be amazing and I wish you the best of luck from the bottom of my heart."

Other guest mentors include Tinie Tempah, who teams up with Tulisa Contostavlos, Ne-Yo who accompanies Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne who is the sidekick to Louis Walsh.

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