Simon Cowell planning UK X Factor return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2012
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has revealed plans to change air dates of the UK and US X Factor so that he can appear on both

Simon Cowell will return to 'The X Factor' because he doesn't think the other judges are "as good" as him.

The 52-year-old music mogul - who left the series last year to concentrate on launching the show in the US - will change the air date of this year's programme so he can appear on both the UK and US versions, as he believes he is better than the other panellists, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland.

Speaking at an afternoon tea event earlier this week at London's Dorchester Hotel - which was hosted by his publicist Max Clifford in aid of the Shooting Star charity - he said: "Do you know what, I'm going to see maybe if we can move the dates around so I can do both shows in the future because I miss it ... and the other judges are not as good as me."

Simon also revealed a mystery celebrity offered to join the judging panel of the US 'X Factor' for a whopping $50 million, which he declined.

He said: "Somebody said yes but if you'd pay me $50 million a year."

Meanwhile, bosses on the UK series are desperately trying to find a female panellist to replace the ousted Kelly Rowland after former show star Cheryl Cole unequivocally ruled out a return.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We had hoped that Cheryl was going to be the missing piece of the puzzle for 2012- she could have guaranteed the series was the biggest ever.

"She is friends with Gary, Louis and Tulisa so it could have been the perfect mix but now we are back to square one. She was top of the list for Simon and ITV so we have to look again at our options and move quickly."

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