Cheryl Cole Agrees Deal For X Factor Return
Cheryl Cole has signed a reported £1.5m deal to return as a judge on The X Factor after three years away from the show.
The former Girls Aloud singer posted a picture of herself with her hands round Simon Cowell's neck on Instagram and wrote: "GUESS WHAT!! I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!!#iMayActuallyRingHisNeck #XFactor2014 #leggooo."
Cowell, who created the talent show, confirmed the move in a message to his 9.5 million Twitter followers.
He wrote: "It's official. Cheryl is back."
Minutes later he added: "Most importantly, she is a brilliant judge of talent."
Cole left the British show in 2011 to take up a coveted role on the American version of the show, but she was dropped after two episodes amid claims that US viewers could not understand her accent.
The 30-year-old fell out with Cowell over the decision and sued the show's producers for $2.3m (£1.4m) for loss of earnings last year.
But there was speculation that a settlement reached in November could pave the way for a return to the UK show after Cowell said the pair had "patched up our differences a long time ago".
Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow are not returning for The X Factor's next series, while new father Cowell has confirmed he will rejoin the judging panel after a three-year absence.