Cheryl Cole is set to make a dramatic return to the X Factor later in the series which will see her help out Gary Barlow.

Cole, who last appeared on the show as a judge in 2010, was ditched last year after she failed to sign a contract in time. Producers replaced her with N Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos who went on to win with Little Mix.

Several newspapers report that Cole will join Barlow at the judges’ houses stage of the competition. It had previously been thought that his ex-bandmate Robbie Williams would once again be joining him as he did last year.

Simon Cowell tweeted in the early hours of the morning saying ” Welcome back Cheryl. X”.

Another former judge, Sharon Osbourne, will join Louis Walsh at his home. She previously made a comeback at the same stage in 2010.

The X Factor auditions continue in a double bill this weekend, beginning tonight at 8.10pm on ITV1.

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