PICTURES! Cheryl Cole returns to The X Factor with Gary Barlow

Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow (X Factor 2012)

Here's Cheryl Cole helping out Gary Barlow on The X Factor 2012 at this year's judges' houses.

The Girls Aloud star will be advising the Take That star at the luxury Boughton House, the Home of the Duke of Buccleuch in Northamptonshire.

Cheryl arrived in the grounds of the country house via helicopter as she and Gary prepared to whittle down the acts ahead of the live shows.

It had previously been reported that Gary's Take That bandmate Robbie Williams was to help him out, but the dates for filming clashed with Robbie's tour.

A source told The Sun yesterday: “Only Gary’s intimate inner circle know. He hasn’t even discussed it with Simon or ITV bosses. It’s been seriously top secret stuff.

“They’re all under the impression it’s going to be Robbie. No one even noticed the dates for the recording clashed with Robbie’s new solo tour.”

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The X Factor continues tonight night on ITV1. The judges' houses section will air later this month.

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