Simon Cowell has confessed that Cheryl Cole would be "crazy" to return to The X Factor.
Not exactly encouraging the former Girls Aloud singer to sign a deal, Simon admitted he was surprised that Cheryl had even entered into talks with producers.
"I think she's crazy to even think about it," Simon said earlier this month.
But the music mogul reckons he can persuade Chezza to get on board for the new run in the summer.
"I'll be honest, we both need to each other," he explained. "She hasn't been on TV for three years but she's only got to peel an orange and she's in the papers.
"She's a good judge and that's the most important thing. What she did with Cher LLoyd... well, I don't think any other judge could have done that."
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Unfortunately for Si, sources claimed last week that Cheryl was “torn” on whether or not to take up Simon’s offer of a comeback.
“She’s back in the studio at the moment and will have a new album out at the end of the year, so The X Factor would give her a great platform to promote it,” an insider sid. “And she would love to prove Simon and the industry that she’s still got it.
“But, at the same time, Cheryl doesn’t want to be humiliated again and she knows what a circus The X Factor can be.”
Speaking to Star magazine, the source added: “She isn’t sure she wants to go through all that madness again.”
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