Nick Grimshaw wants to return to X Factor - if Cheryl joins him

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Nick Grimshaw has revealed he's up for a return to The X Factor.

The Radio 1 DJ was on the panel in 2015 alongside Rita Ora, Cheryl and Simon Cowell, while Olly Murs and Caroline Flack were hosts.

However the line up lasted just the year with only Simon staying put for 2016's show.

Reflecting on his time behind the judges' desk this week, Nick said: "It was really full on with long days, but it was so much fun."

He continued to tell heat magazine he'd be up for a return - so long as Cheryl and Rita both joined him again.

Nick said: "I would if Rita Ora and Cheryl did it, because it reminded me of when I first did T4 and there was a massive crew and everyone had lunch together. I loved all that."

And Nick went on to spill about hanging out with Simon off camera, sharing: "Simon's room was a cross betwee a Jo Malone shop and a posh Barcelona hotel.

"But he never really hung out in there. He'd just come to mine, say 'Hi kids', and smoke a load of fags."

As for staying in contact with his former boss, Nick added: "I haven't spoken to him in ages but we had a WhatsApp Group when we did the show with me, him, Cheryl and Rita - we would be really cheeky and he loved it."

The X Factor will return to ITV later this year.

Simon is expected to be joined by Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger on the panel.

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