X Factor bookies are predicting a return for Cheryl Cole on the show THIS YEAR, with odds of just 5/1 to that the Geordie beauty will make an appearance in time for the final in December.
Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly told the Free Bet Codes website: "We always felt there was a good chance that Cheryl could return next year but never thought that it could be this year.
"It looks like everything has been brought forward and we could see her back in weeks."
And in worrying news for new judges Kelly Rowland, Tulisa and Gary Barlow, bookies reckon one of them could face the axe before the series ends. William Hill are currently offering odds of 4/1 that Simon Cowell will replace a judge before the end of the current show.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to the weekend's fourth live show, and it's Frankie Cocozza who is favourite for the axe despite surviving the bottom two last weekend.