Simon Cowell "desperate" to get Cheryl back on X Factor

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Simon Cowell is apparently "desperate" to get Cheryl back on The X Factor.

And it sounds like she could well be back on the panel next year, in place of Nicole Scherzinger.

Cheryl's partner Liam Payne spilled: "Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year. Obviously Simon is desperate to get her back."

After of Cheryl's return to the show as Simon's guest at this year's judges' houses, Liam added: "Cheryl and Simon have such a lovely relationship. Obviously she's been off for quite a long time with [their son] Bear but it was great for her to get back out and do the Judges' Houses."

And former One Direction star Liam told The Sun: "She's got to do what she's got to do. Honestly, she's been so supportive of everything I've done so far.

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"We're all edging for her to get back to work, it's just finding the right time and the right way to do things."

Cheryl first joined the show in 2008 before leaving in 2011 for the American version. The new mum then returned in 2014 before departing again last year.

Speaking from judges' houses, Cheryl and Simon both suggested a third stint could be on the cards - but only after enjoying an extended maternity leave.

Cheryl explained: “I want to be with Bear a little bit longer. It has just been me and him and I’m just loving being a mother at the moment. He is only six months old.

"I’ve got time - I’ve got that luxury lifestyle and some mothers don’t have that luxury and have to get back to work. I’m just taking it as I can but I do love the show.”

Meanwhile, Louis Walsh has revealed that Nicole may not be back on The X Factor next year, leaving a place for Cheryl.

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He told the Daily Mirror: “I’m signed for next year, so is Sharon. Let’s see about Nicole.”

But Louis seemingly doesn't want to see Cheryl back, saying: “I would bring in Mel B, I love her, she’s a survivor. I love Nicole a little bit more, she’s my favourite judge.”

The X Factor airs on ITV.

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