Kelly Rowland could return to The X Factor 2012 UK!

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland could be back on The X Factor UK judging panel this year, despite rumours suggesting she had already quit.

According to The Sun, show bosses - including Simon Cowell - were "very pleased" with her performance on the series last autumn.

And even though Kelly has previously confessed that the show was much harder worker than she imagined, friends say she's keen to come back.

"It seems to be taken as read that Kelly is not coming back but that is wrong," one source tells the newspaper. "Simon Cowell and executive producer Richard Holloway were very pleased with her on last year's show and would have her back.

"It's at an early stage and discussions have yet to start. But Kelly is still very much in the mix."

A supposed pal of the former Destiny's Child songstress added to the newspaper: "She loved all the drama, even when it was pretty harsh against her. Kelly is a tough cookie and a few barbs from viewers or whoever is water off a duck's back to her.

"Yes, it was a draining experience and one she probably didn't realise at the outset was going to be quite so gruelling.

"But mentoring her acts — especially Misha B — was really rewarding for her and she loved it. Talks haven't started but they will soon."

Louis Walsh said last week he expected both Tulisa and Gary Barlow to be back this summer, but revealed he was "unsure" of Kelly's future.

An X Factor spokesman insisted: "No decisions have been made on this year's judging panel."

X Factor 2012 UK auditions started today in Liverpool, while the show is set to return in August.

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