X Factor 2017 judges: Nicole Scherzinger hints she WILL be back

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Nicole Scherzinger has hinted she WILL be back on The X Factor in 2017.

It comes after she refused to say whether or not she would return for another series next year earlier in the month.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the final, Nicole had said: "I can't confirm that I'm going to (be back) but I think if I did return it would have to be with this panel because I'm really close with this panel.

"I've really enjoyed myself and we're really close."

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Taking to Instagram this week following the final, Nicole thanked the UK for an "amazing season" with a "triumphant ending" after winning with Matt Terry, and teased she WILL be back for "next years madness".

Nicole wrote: Thankyou #london. Thankyou #uk for such an amazing season. We did it! And what a triumphant ending!

"I'm so #grateful for your love and support. And for getting my 🍌and 💜! I'll miss you! Until next years madness, have a beautiful and fun-awe-menal holiday season🙌🏽💋🙏🏽#bestview #londonsunset #winterwonderland"

As for the other judges, Irish music mogul Louis Walsh has already announced he'll be sticking firmly in his seat after leaving it for the first time ever last year.

Speaking ahead of this series' final, Louis declared: "Yes, I'm back next year. I've signed for the next two years."

And Sharon Osbourne declared: "I would love to come back again."

X Factor boss Simon Cowell previously confirmed he hoped the panel would remain the same next year.

"They have been a breeze, I’ve really enjoyed working with them," said Simon, who remarked he wanted to keep the current panel "forever".

“They are fun, we go out for dinner together. When you’ve done this a number of years then of course you have your favourites, it’s not like it used to be," Simon told The Sun newspaper. “We enjoy each others’ company, they are very nice people. I would keep them forever. I mean, Louis may only have five years left.

“I’ve got them something for Christmas, it’s a surprise, something special.”

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If we do get the same judges on The X Factor next year it'll be the first time since 2010 that they've stayed the same for two series in a row.

As for host Dermot O'Leary, he's confirmed he'll definitely be back in 2017 having signed a multi-year deal with ITV.

The X Factor will return to ITV in the autumn of 2017.

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