Cheryl Cole has returned to the X Factor.
Well, for one or two episodes anyway, as she will join Gary Barlow at his judges’ houses segment, whereby she will act as an assisting mentor to the Take That singer.
Apparently, the deal was struck up in secret, so as to keep Simon Cowell in the dark, with Gary asking Cheryl to come on board, following their Diamond Jubilee duet.
It is reported that Gary told Simon that Robbie Williams would return for a second year as Barlow’s assisting mentor, but all the while, Cheryl and Gary had been hatching a mischievous plan for Cheryl to make her X Factor return.
Last night an X Factor source confirmed: “Only Gary’s intimate inner circle know. He hasn’t even discussed it with Simon or ITV bosses. It’s been seriously top secret stuff.
“They’re all under the impression it’s going to be Robbie. No one even noticed the dates for the recording clashed with Robbie’s new solo tour.”
It hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, but with both Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow tweeting the Call My Name singer, it doesn’t take a genius to figure our what they’re not-so-secretly talking about. Simon tweeted a simple “Welcome back Cheryl. X” and Gary joked, “@
CherylCole just so we don’t clash, I’m wearing the pink suit with the red shoes ;)”
Cheryl and Gary will be mentoring the over-25s category, with Sharon Osbourne also making a sensational return to the show when she joins Louis Walsh to help him select his four acts from the groups’ category.
Nicole Sherzinger will be aided by Ne-Yo as she tries to whittle down her rumoured cateogory, the boys, and Tulisa will be joined by Tinie Tempah, as she tries to find a winner within the girls’ category.
Meanwhile, Cheryl has been kept busy with her promotional duties for her new single Under the Sun. The 29-year-old singer filmed an interview with Jonathan Ross for his eponymously titled chat-show, which will air tonight (Sept 8) and she looked stunning in a black jumpsuit, with her hair slicked back into a ponytail and sultry and smoky eyes.
As well as performing her new track, Cheryl chatted to Jonathan about her single status and her ex-husband Ashley. She said that she decided to tell him what is coming up in her forthcoming autobiography, saying,
‘I didn’t have to, but I let him know it was happening. I just thought it would be nice that I gave him the heads up so he can leave the country two weeks before.’
Classic Cheryl. Can’t wait to see the interview tonight.