Simon Cowell to make X Factor return

Published Friday, 07 February 2014
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Simon Cowell is set to make his return to the X Factor when the show is back on UTV this autumn, television bosses have confirmed.

Simon Cowell to make X Factor return
Simon Cowell is set to make his X Factor return. (© Getty)

The show's supremo will take his place as head judge again for the forthcoming 11th series, after a three-year gap when he has been working on the US version of the hit show.

And Simon says he is thrilled to be making a comeback.

"The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years - including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs , JLS and Little Mix," he said.

But who will be lining up alongside him? Simon's staying tight-lipped on that one for now.

"Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You'll just have to wait and see ..." he teased.

Simon's entertainment company Syco produces the X Factor with Freemantle Media UK and everyone is delighted by the news.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, added: "It's fantastic news that Simon is returning to the X Factor. We are all very much looking forward to him re-joining the judging panel later this year."

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