Cheryl Cole returns to The X Factor

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole returned to 'The X Factor' yesterday (08.09.12), arriving by helicopter with Gary Barlow to help him in the Judge's Houses section of the show.

Cheryl Cole returned to 'The X Factor' yesterday (08.09.12).

The singer - who judged the show from 2008 to 2010 before a disastrous turn on the US version of the programme, which saw her axed after just a few appearances - arrived by helicopter to join Gary Barlow for the Judges's Houses stage of the competition.

The 'Fight For This Love' singer beamed as she entered the Boughton House estate in Northamptonshire where she will help Gary whittle down his Over 25 acts for this year's live finals.

Cheryl's appearance on the show comes as a surprise to many, and Gary reportedly even kept show supremo Simon Cowell in the dark about inviting Cheryl to appear - leading him on to believe he was going to have his former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams join him.

The show's other judges will also be joined by glamorous guests to help them choose their acts, with singer Ne-Yo helping Nicole Scherzinger choose between the Boys in Dubai, Tinie Tempah teaming with Tulisa to pick the Girls in the Caribbean and Louis Walsh joined by another ex-judge, Sharon Osbourne, to choose between the groups in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, last night's show saw the judges wowed by Irish singer Melanie McCabe, who is making a comeback after getting all the way to the Judge's Houses section of the show last year, but being axed by Kelly Rowland.

Speaking of her devastation, she said: "It killed me so much when Kelly didn't put me through. I was really far away from home and I just wanted to get out.

"I felt like my whole world was falling down because I'd pinned all my hopes and dreams on 'X Factor', so when Kelly said no it just killed me.

"I was really down for a good while ­because I didn't know what to do with my life.

"Everything had been focused on 'X ­Factor' for so long. I just had to pick ­myself up and keep going."

Melanie's performance of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' saw her sail through to the Boot Camp stage of the show.


Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.


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