Sharon Osbourne's X Factor mentoring via Skype
Sharon Osbourne is to mentor her 'X Factor' hopefuls via Skype when she flies back to the US to host chat show 'The Talk'
Sharon Osbourne will mentor her 'X Factor' contestants via Skype.
The returning judge - who was previously a panellist on the programme from 2004 to 2007 - will use the internet video call service to keep in touch with her hopefuls when she jets back first class to the US to host chat show 'The Talk', with ITV set to fork out £13,000 per trip.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Sharon has done a deal which will see her jet back and forth a number of times, with her flights paid for by ITV. That was one of her conditions.
"But she is still confident she can give her acts the support they need.
"There are a million ways to keep in touch with people. Many of the judges aren't there every day of the week."
A show spokesman insisted Sharon will only fly to the US "a couple of times" while the live shows are on, with the majority of her travelling set to take place during the auditions and boot camp stages of the competition.
As well as her hosting duties in the US, Sharon is expected to spend time trying to patch up her relationship with husband Ozzy Osbourne - who recently overcame his relapse into substance abuse, which began over the past 18 months - and be there for son Jack, who has multiple sclerosis.
Sharon tweeted: "How lucky am I to have 2 jobs @TheTalk_CBS & @TheXFactor?
"I will be going back & forth all yr, best of both worlds! (sic)"
Sharon returned to the panel for the first time yesterday (04.06.13) when auditions kicked off in Glasgow, and played down reports she is set to take over from Gary Barlow as head judge.
She said: "I shouldn't be head judge -- I laugh too much and I'm not serious enough. I'm the nan of the panel.
"It's overwhelming. Honestly it is. It feels natural, it feels like I should be here."