X Factor 2014: Cheryl Cole's back - official statement

Cheryl Cole

ITV, Syco Entertainment and Thames TV are delighted to announce today (Tues 11 Mar) that pop sensation Cheryl Cole is to return to The X Factor judging panel, reuniting her with her ‘frenemy’, X Factor creator Simon Cowell.

One of the UK’s most successful female recording artists, Cheryl has notched up an impressive three number one singles, two number one albums, and a sold out arena tour. As a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl achieved 20 top ten singles, four number ones and five platinum albums as well as winning a BRIT award.

Cheryl was a judge on The X Factor from series five to series seven, winning the nation over with her heartfelt and honest style, whilst securing victory in two consecutive years - in 2008 with Alexandra Burke and 2009 with Joe McElderry.

Speaking of her return Cheryl Cole said, “I’m very happy and excited to be returning to The X Factor. I’m inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It’s going to be a fun series.”

Simon Cowell, who confirmed his return to the UK show last month, said, "I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join The X Factor again. The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists. Obviously the plan is to do the same again… so it's back to work!"

Elaine Bedell, ITV’s director of comedy and entertainment, said, "We're thrilled to be announcing Cheryl's return to The X Factor panel - she was an extremely popular judge who struck a real chord with our viewers, and we're looking forward to welcoming her back on screen this autumn."

Richard Holloway, managing director Thames TV, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Cheryl back to the show. She has the unique experience of having started out on a show like this and she is also one of the only people who knows how to get the better of Simon. Having them both reunited on the panel will make for a great series this year.”

The new series of The X Factor returns to ITV in autumn this year and applications for the new series are open now. Any budding singing sensations can apply via itv.com/xfactor to be in with a chance of being crowned this year’s winner and securing a life changing record deal. Open auditions will take place from April with the judges’ audition tour following later in summer.

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