The media mogul – who devised The X Factor in 2004 – will re-join the talent show when it returns to ITV for its 11th series this Summer. He has spent the past three years working on the American version of the hit show.
Cowell originally served as a judge on the UK version from its launch in 2004 until 2010.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again. – Cowell
ITV will announce the remaining three judges over the coming months.
The broadcaster notes that The X Factor is one of the biggest brands in the world with individual versions of the show airing in 45 countries. Stars from the X Factor have sold more than 150 million records to date.