Following the confirmation of Cheryl Cole’s return to The X Factor, the first photo of the Girls Aloud star with Simon Cowell has been released.
Last night Cheryl announced on her Instagram that she would be returning to the show after leaving the UK version in 2010. It was well documented how Cheryl was very publicly dropped from the US version of the show during the audition stages.
Speaking of her return Cheryl said, “I’m very happy and excited to be returning to The X Factor. I’m inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It’s going to be a fun series.”
Simon Cowell, who confirmed his return to the UK show last month, said, “I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join The X Factor again. The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists. Obviously the plan is to do the same again… so it’s back to work!”
The rest of the judging panel is expected to be announced in the coming months.
Take a look at the first picture of Cheryl and Simon together ahead of the new series: