X Factor 2012: Brian Friedman returns for this year's live shows

X Factor 2012 panel

Brian Friedman will be back in charge of The X Factor live shows this year, after quitting for the US last autumn.

Simon Cowell had taken Brian with him for the first series of the American X Factor, replacing him with Elizabeth Honan.

Beth had choregraphed for Girls Aloud and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, including her epic live performances on the show.

But her moves for the contestants didn't go down so well, with many viewers complaining about the poor routines.

A source told The Sun this morning: "America is teeming with great choreographers so Simon could spare him to return to the UK. Last year’s performances were often atrocious in Simon’s eyes mainly because the choreography was all wrong.

“Brian instinctively knows what works and he was sorely missed. Simon has dug out his cheque book and given him a load of cash and said ‘fix it’."

The supposed insider added: “The producers are delighted because they have the top guy back on board.”

Now all they need to do is sack last year's stylist too...

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