Simon Cowell is to return to the UK version of X Factor.
The creator of The X Factor, returns after three years in the US working on the American version of the hit worldwide show.
Simon will lead the judging panel when the most talked about show on UK television returns to ITV screens for its 11th series later this year.
The record label executive, whose entertainment company Syco co-produces The X Factor with Fremantle Media UK, says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.”
“The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years – including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs , JLS and Little Mix.”
Simon continued: “Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see….”
Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said: “It’s fantastic news that Simon is returning to The X Factor. We are all very much looking forward to him re-joining the judging panel later this year.”
Sara Geater, CEO Fremantle Media UK: “We’re delighted to welcoming Simon back to the panel for this year’s X Factor and are looking forward to what is sure to be a great series.”
X factor 2014 will return to ITV later this year.