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Rick Houghton

Sharon returns to the X Factor

It's now been officially confirmed - Sharon Osbourne WILL return to the X Factor, following her exit from the show in 2007. 

She'll join Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh on the panel, whilst Dermot O'Leary will once again preside as host. 

After her exit six years ago she says she "couldn't be happier" about her comeback.

Changes to the new series of X Factor include hopefuls tackling two sets of auditions - firstly in an intimate audition room, then in an arena, before moving to the next stage of the competition.