Cheryl Cole says she's returned to The X Factor for Gary Barlow!

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole has hit out at Simon Cowell, saying she's only doing The X Factor for Gary Barlow!

The Girls Aloud star teamed up with Gary at the weekend to film the judges' houses section of the current show.

Simon Cowell had tweeted a "welcome back" to Cheryl, however she hit back today: "I saw Simon’s tweet.

"I’m not doing this for him. I am doing this for Gary as he’s my friend and he asked me to do it.”

However filming with Cheryl at judges houses ended up being delayed due to a SPIDER in a helicopter on Saturday night.

A source from Boughton House said: "She's terrified of spiders - but after it had been removed, she was cool as a cucumber. The ride itself didn't faze her at all."

Meanwhile it's been revealed that Gary's Take That pal Robbie Williams will still be involved in the show.

A source told The Sun today: “Robbie will still have a role to play and an important one at that.

“Gary hasn’t snubbed him, quite the opposite.

“Robbie will be working with the guys during the live shows to help them work on stage presence and vocal performance.

“He had a blast on the show last year when he was Gary’s sidekick at the Los Angeles judges’ houses round and wants back in.”

Both Robbie and Cheryl are expected to perform on The X Factor live shows later this year.

The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday and Sunday on ITV1.

Browse pictures of Cheryl and Gary Barlow on The X Factor 2012 below...

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