The X Factor Welcomes Back Sharon Osbourne

Posted by: on May 22, 2013 | No Comments

We mentioned yesterday that Sharon Osbourne was rumoured to be filling Tulisa‘s place as one of The X Factor judges. But we can now reveal that the rumour has been confirmed.

Following months of speculation over this year’s judging line up, it was revealed this morning that Mrs Osbourne was to be taking her original seat on the panel.

It also seems that Nicole Scherzinger is also set to appear again this year as Sharon said:

“I can’t wait to give Gary Barlow a big hug, sit next to the gorgeous Nicole, and of course throw water on dear Louis. Yay!”

Simon Cowell added: “Three words I never thought I’d say… Welcome back Sharon!”

Here’s hoping that this boosts the ratings, after the show regularly lost out to rival Saturday night show Strictly Come Dancing.

And with a new judge comes new processes. Rather than the usual auditions, hopefuls will now face the judges close up in an intimate audition room. If they get through this initial stage they will then get the opportunity to show their worth on stage.

Auditions for this series begin early next month.