Cheryl could be returning as a full-time judge [Instagram]
The former Girls Aloud star took months away from the public eye after welcoming baby Bear with Liam Payne – but it seems like there could be a space on the The X Factor judging panel next year.
Louis Walsh has revealed that both he and Sharon have signed up for next year’s show, but Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger has not.
It comes at a time that Cheryl is strongly rumoured to be making a full return to her position next to Simon Cowell on the judging desk.
The X Factor 2017: Louis Walsh has spoken out [ITV]
Cheryl Tweedy’s X Factor interview alongside Simon Cowell [ITV]
When asked about when he’d give up his seat on the judging panel, Louis revealed: “I’ll give up when she [Sharon] does. I love it, it’s not like work. This is not like work, it’s great fun. I’m getting paid to do something I love.
“I’m signed for next year already, so is Sharon.”
And when asked about who could replace Nicole should she not return, Louis didn’t say Cheryl. He instead answered: “Mel B or Mika. I love Mel, she’s a survivor. She’s looking really well. She looks fantastic with that new hair, I love her.
The X Factor: Louis Walsh won’t leave until Sharon does [ITV]
“I love Nicole a little bit more. Nicole is my favourite female judge ever, she brings so much. I adore her, I love her more than she loves me. Seriously, she’s just the best, she’s amazing. She wants to win this year.”
With the panel’s lineup future unclear, places could be up for grabs after this series following news that Nicole Scherzinger wants to make more music in December after a three-year break from recording.
When asked about the likelihood of Cheryl replacing either of them, Simon Cowell – who was sat with Cheryl during a joint interview – added fuel to the fire.
Cheryl and Liam Payne recently welcomed baby Bear [Getty]
“We’ll consider it. Let’s wait till the end of the show… maybe they (Nicole and Sharon) don’t want come back… let’s see what happens, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
The X Factor continues with Judges’ Houses tonight at 8.20pm and tomorrow night at 7pm on ITV.