Simon Cowell returning to The X Factor

Simon Cowell has confirmed he will have a role on 'The X Factor' this year after finding it "difficult" being away from the UK show for the last two years

Simon Cowell leaving the Shooting Star CHASE event

Simon Cowell leaving the Shooting Star CHASE fundraising event

Simon Cowell is returning to 'The X Factor'.

The music mogul - who quit the ITV show in 2011 to concentrate on the US version - has confirmed he will have "a role" in this year's series after finding it "difficult" being away from the programme in the last two years.

He said: "I'm definitely getting more involved and will have a role in the next series. I'm not going to lie - I do miss doing it, because it's like my baby.

"It's been difficult the last two years not being on the show as I always had a great time and the last time that I did do it, it was such a brilliant year. So at some point of course I'm going to come back and do the show."

But Simon remained tight-lipped on growing rumours Sharon Osbourne looks set to return to the panel at the expense of Tulisa, saying: "You'll have to wait and see ..."

The 'Britain's Got Talent' panellist's last series on 'The X Factor' saw boy band One Direction finish in third place behind winner Matt Cardle and runner-up Rebecca Ferguson - and the 53-year-old star is surprised the 'Little Things' hitmakers have remained so "grounded" since shooting to fame.

Speaking at a fundraising event for children's charity Shooting Star CHASE, he told HELLO! magazine: "With One Direction it's amazing with all the success they've had that they remain grounded and are still fun. They're a handful, but we knew that, that's what I liked about them."


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