THE RUMOUR: As The X Factor continues to lose out to Strictly in the ratings war, Simon Cowell aims to turn the tide with some Cheryl-shaped ammunition. The perennial rumour that she could be returning to the show was reignited after Cheryl was spotted arriving at Cowell’s LA mansion on Wednesday night.
QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE” WHO PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST: Simon is “desperate to get Cheryl back on X Factor UK because it’s lost its way. The money on the table would be a fortune — at least double what she got last time. She could have what she wanted.” (The Sun)
RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 4/5. Ratings have been dropping off steadily since Cheryl was last on the judging panel back in 2012. And what has Cowell really got left to lose? Apart from Tulisa (allegedly). Simon needs to build bridges with Cheryl, the nation’s sweetheart – she might just save the show.