sharon osbourne

Tulisa Contostavlos yesterday broke the news that she will not be returning to the judging panel on The X Factor while ITV bosses today confirm Sharon Osbourne’s  return.

The former N-Dubz singer told her three million Twitter followers: “Just wanted to let you all know that I won’t be part of The X Factor panel this year.

“I’ve had a great time on the show but this year it’s time to do something different.

“I’d like to thank everyone on The X Factor for two amazing years. Stay tuned as I will have a very exciting announcement soon!”


Tulisa, 24, has since been linked to rival show strictly Come Dancing, as a contestant or presenter.

Former judge Sharon Osbourne, 60, has been confirmed as Tulisa’s replacement and sitting alongside her will be Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and  Louis Walsh.

Speaking about the new line-up, Simon Cowell said: “Three words I never thought I’d say…. Welcome back Sharon!”