'X Factor' 2014: Cheryl Cole Returns to Cowell's Show in Britain

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 01:05 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Britain's "The X Factor" 2014 will see English songwriter and recording artist Cheryl Cole back as a judge after she was dismissed following the show's 2011 season in the U.S. As a relative unknown in the States, apparently she was not a strong pull among American audiences.

The announcement was made by "The X Factor" creator Simon Cowell, who is said to be a fan and friend of Cole.

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"It's official. Cheryl is back. Most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent," Cowell wrote in a series of tweets on Monday.

Cole signed a contract worth approximately $2.5 million to come back to "The X Factor," Britain's Mirror reported.

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old pop star confirmed "The X Factor" return herself, releasing a statement to the Mirror in which she said, "I’m very happy and excited to be returning to 'The X Factor.' I’m inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It’s going to be a fun series."

Cowell, who a month earlier confirmed his return to the show as a judge, said in the same news release, "I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join 'The X Factor' again. The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists."

"Obviously the plan is to do the same again ... so it's back to work!" Cowell added, according to the Mirror.

The U.S. version of "The X Factor" was canceled by Fox in February after Cowell announced he would not be returning to the U.S. version of the show.

At the time, Entertainment Weekly reported that "The X Factor" had struggled to build a consistent audience among the 18-49 demographic, pulling a disappointing 2.3 rating among the group on Wednesday nights, including a week of DVR playback.

"The X Factor" has yet to announce the other judging panelists who will join Cowell and Cole on the music competition show.

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