Sharon Osbourne will fly back and forth between the UK and US during The X Factor

Sharon Osbourne X Factor

Sharon Osbourne has admitted that she'll be making weekly trips between the UK and US during The X Factor 2016 live shows - forcing her to use Skype to communicate with her acts.

Original judge Sharon is back this year, three years after she was last on the panel for the show's tenth anniversary.

However, she will not be giving up her commitments in America - where she co-hosts weekdaily CBS chat show The Talk - meaning she'll only be in the UK a few days a week.

"I’m going to leave LA on Thursday, I get in Friday and will go straight to the studio, be there Saturday and Sunday, then Monday morning I film with the contestants and Monday afternoon I fly home," she explained.

"It honestly doesn’t worry me, I’m kind of a traveller anyway, I’m always travelling somewhere. I can handle it."

You might expect this would put her acts at a disadvantage, but Sharon has pledged to keep in touch with them regularly using internet calling app Skype.

"It’s all about Skype, everything’s on Skype these days," she commented. "You might as well be in the room with them.

"It’s not like they can’t sing for me or show me their routine or something they don’t like."

The X Factor returns on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm on ITV.

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