Cheryl and Simon Cowell film X Factor 2017 judges' houses in France

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Cheryl and Simon Cowell have been filming X Factor 2017 judges’ houses in France.

Simon and new mum Cheryl are currently in Nice, south of France, with Simon’s potential finalists in the Groups category.

A source said last month: “Simon is ecstatic at getting Cheryl back working with him again.”

“They’ve had their ups and downs to say the least but he hugely respects her opinion,” the insider told the Daily Mail. “He has been working on it for a while. He and Cheryl have been talking a lot over the last months…

“For Cheryl, this felt like the right way for her to make a return to the limelight after having Bear. She has the tough task of picking Simon’s final acts so the pressure is on and he is very much looking forward to the banter.”

Filming with Cheryl and Simon was apparently thrown into chaos last week when a farmer began shooting rabbits on set.

“Everyone was terrified. Several gunshots were heard in quick succession,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “There was already tight security because of the current climate.

“It turned out the shots had come from a farmer who was shooting rabbits in a field rather than anything more sinister.”

Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger will be joined by Stormzy at judges’ houses in South Africa, Louis Walsh will team up with Mika in Turkey and Sharon Osbourne will be joined by daughter Kelly in San Francisco.

The X Factor judges’ houses stages will air later this month on ITV.

For now, The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday night with the six chair challenge.

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