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Cheryl returns to The X Factor panel

Cheryl Cole has signed a deal to return as a judge on The X Factor for a reported £1.5m (€1.8m), it has been revealed.

X Factor creator Simon Cowell unveiled the former Girls Aloud singer's return on Twitter.

Cole took to her Instagram account to tell her fans about her return to the show.

Posting a jokey picture of herself pretending to throttle Cowell, she wrote: "GUESS WHAT!! I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!!"


Cole left the judging panel of the British show in 2011 to host the US version, but was unceremoniously dropped from the programme state-side weeks after beginning the show amid claims Americans could not understand her Newcastle accent.

The singer (30), fell out with Cowell following the decision, but the pair are believed to have patched things up.

Cowell will also return to The X Factor in a bid to boost ratings.