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Sharon grabs €1m in X Factor return


Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire...E

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire...E

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire...E

SHARON Osbourne will return to The X Factor judging panel to replace Tulisa Contostavlos.

She will join Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger on the ITV series when it comes to back to screens later this year.

Osbourne, last on the show as a judge six years ago, had been widely expected to return after it emerged she had been in negotiation with programme chiefs.



She said she "couldn't be happier" about her comeback.

The line-up announcement means show boss Simon Cowell will be absent for a third year.

Osbourne is reported to have been offered more than £1m (€1.2m) for her return to the panel.

Osbourne has recently had marriage woes after her husband, rock star Ozzy, returned to heavy drinking although the couple are now said to be back on track.

"I couldn't be happier about coming back for the 10th anniversary of X Factor," she said.

"I can't wait to give Gary Barlow a big hug, sit next to the gorgeous Nicole, and of course throw water on dear Louis. Yay!"

Cowell said: "Three words I never thought I'd say – welcome back, Sharon."

Contostavlos announced on Tuesday that she was not coming back to the programme.

Outspoken Osbourne, who was a no-nonsense music industry manager like her father before joining the show, was on the original panel (left) when the series launched in 2004.

She famously clashed with other panellists on-screen, particularly Dannii Minogue.

Dermot O'Leary will be back as the programme host once again.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "We're delighted to confirm our fantastic panel, who will bring an incredible combined wealth of experience to our 10th series."

And Richard Holloway, the managing director of programme-maker Thames, said: "Sharon's countless years in the music industry, along with her passion and her previous time on the show, make her the perfect addition to the panel."

The auditions in front of judges begin on June 4 in Glasgow, and the arena stage of the process will begin in July.