Despite leaving the show earlier this year, Cheryl could be set to make a return to the ‘X Factor’ already, assisting Simon Cowell during the Judges Houses stage next month. ‘X Factor’ bosses are said to want to land Cheryl for a guest appearance on the show and they’d like boyfriend Liam Payne to join her.

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An insider told The Daily Star: “Both Cowell and ITV bosses are in agreement Cheryl would be the perfect person to help him pick his finalists. Everyone knows how well Cheryl and Simon work together on and off screen.”

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“Cheryl also has a proven track history mentoring the girls as a judge, she’s still incredibly popular with fans and it would keep her within the X Factor family despite her quitting. Not only that but Simon wants to win this year and he really respects Cheryl’s opinion when it comes to finding a star.”

“Simon also has a lot of respect for Liam, who many saw as the business brain behind One Direction. While signing both Cheryl and Liam together would obviously be a ratings stunt – it doesn’t take away from the fact that they are both hugely qualified to help,” the insider added.

This year’s line-up for the Judges’ Houses round has not yet been confirmed and no approach is said to have been made to Cheryl. It’s thought to be unlikely that Liam would agree to be part of it, but Cheryl could be persuaded.

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Cheryl left the ITV talent show earlier this year, after making her return in 2014. At the time Cheryl said she was leaving to focus on her music career and she’s been reported to have been spending time in the studio recently, working on her next record.