Cheryl Cole to Return to 'X Factor' U.K.

Cheryl Cole Offically Out As 'X Factor' Judge, Fox Confirms

Cheryl Cole Offically Out As 'X Factor' Judge, Fox Confirms

Cheryl Cole is returning to the judges’ table for "The X Factor" U.K.’s 11th season, confirmed Simon Cowell via Twitter on Monday.

“It’s official! Cheryl is back,” he tweeted. “Be careful what you wish for.”

Cheryl Cole Out As 'X Factor' Judge, Fox Confirms

The Girls Aloud star was a judge on the U.K. show through 2010 before briefly serving as a judge on the now-canceled U.S. version. Cowell said her return will be an asset in the show’s quest to find a global superstar.

“Most importantly, she is a brilliant judge of talent,” he said.

Cowell recently announced his return to the show after a three-year absence. The last time Cowell was a judge on the U.K. version, the final episode drew 17.2 million viewers. The most recent season finale reached only 9.11 million viewers. Without Cowell, the ITV show has typically drawn smaller audiences than BBC rival "Strictly Come Dancing," whose U.S. version is "Dancing With the Stars."

British Pop Group Girls Aloud Call It Quits

ITV late last year inked a three-year renewal deal for "X Factor." Former Take That star Gary Barlow and music manager Louis Walsh have previously said that they would be leaving the ITV show, but a spokesman has yet to officially confirm their exits.

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