[Instagram: Cheryl Cole]
Rumours have been circling that Cheryl Cole is returning to the X Factor since... well... she left the X Factor. But now it's official - the Geordie returns, as Chezza has signed a deal for a reported £1.5 million.
Cheryl has Instagrammed a picture of her with Simon with the caption: 'GUESS WHAT!!.. I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNeck.' Simon also shared his excitement on Twitter (with a few less exclamation marks) as he wrote: 'It's official. Cheryl is Back.' Then posted 'Be careful what you wish for,' and 'most importantly she is a brilliant judge of talent.'
Last season had the lowest ratings in the show's history, as the final had an audience of 9.6 million compared to the 17 million who watched during Cheryl's last appearance on the show.
Our highlights from Cheryl's three year stint include the time she let Cher Lloyd through despite her croaky audition and the time she performed 'Fight This Love' in those slashed trousers from her video. But things quickly turned sour when she went on the US X Factor with her huge blow dry, but was quickly dropped as audiences couldn't understand her Newcastle accent.
So Cheryl Cole has filled one of the seats - but what about the others? Will Louis Walsh continue to reign on the judging panel? Will Sharon O make another comeback?