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Judge Tulisa quits X Factor role

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Sharon Osbourne. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sharon Osbourne. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sharon Osbourne. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

THE return of Sharon Osbourne to the X Factor judging panel looks even more likely after Tulisa Contostavlos announced she is to leave the show.

The news comes after months of speculation that Simon Cowell was keen to shake up the panel for the TV show this year due to a slump in viewing figures.

And there was little surprise when the 24-year-old took to Twitter to reveal her stint on the talent show was over.

"Just wanted to let you all know that I won't be part of the X Factor panel this year. I've had a great time on the show, but this year it's time to do something different.

"I'd like to thank everyone on The X Factor for two amazing years. Stay tuned as I have a very exciting announcement soon."

Although triumphing during her first year with girl group Little Mix, Tulisa's departure after two series had been expected.

She originally found fame with group N-Dubz and later her first solo single Young was also a chart-topper. However, her debut solo album limped to just number 35 in the charts.

The singer is expected to be replaced by former judge Sharon Osbourne who has reportedly signed a £1.8m (€2.1m) contract to return to X Factor in a deal which includes a £1.5m (€1.8m) salary, and £300,000 (€352,000) of first class flights between LA and the UK.

Irish pop manager Louis Walsh has confirmed he and Gary Barlow will be returning to the panel this year but he has vowed that this, his tenth year, will be his last.

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