Liam Payne reveals some exciting X Factor news about Cheryl

And it's not just that she'll be at judges' houses...

It’s judges’ houses on The X Factor tonight, so it can’t be long before Cheryl will be making her long-awaited return to the show.

The Girls Aloud star, 34, has been away for two years while she had her baby Bear with partner Liam Payne.

But were soon to see her joining Simon Cowell at his luxury villa in the south of France, as he makes his final decisions in the girls category.

And according to Liam, Cheryl’s had talks about making a PERMANENT return to the ITV show.

Cheryl will appear as Simon’s guest in tonight’s show (Credit: ITV)

“Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year,” he told The Sun.

“Obviously, Simon is desperate to get her back. Cheryl and Simon have such a lovely relationship.”

If Cheryl does make a return to the judging panel, it’ll mean being away from home – and Bear – a lot. But Liam insisted that he wouldn’t mind.

“She’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said the One Direction singer, 24, who himself rose to stardom on the singing show. “Honestly, she’s been so supportive of everything I’ve done so far.

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“We’re all edging for her to get back to work, it’s just finding the right time and the right way to do things.”

Of course, Cheryl getting her old job back will mean one of the current panel – Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne or Nicole Scherzinger – having to make way.

Someone on the current panel would have to make way (Credit: ITV)

That’s not likely to go down well, especially since the chemistry between them has been pretty good over the past couple of years.

But as we all know, Simon’s not shy when it comes to giving people the boot.

Liam himself rose to fame on The X Factor (Credit: ITV)

Tulisa, Caroline Flack and even Mr X Factor himself, Dermot O’Leary, can all vouch for that (though, of course, Dermy was soon welcomed back).

Cheryl may be flavour of the month with Simon Cowell, but one person who doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Geordie star is Bruno Tonioli.

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Earlier this week, the outspoken Strictly judge appeared on Celebrity Juice, where he was tasked with guessing which star Keith Lemon was impersonating.

Bruno spat: “Who’s that [expletive, expletive]? Oh God, Cheryl Cole?” (It was actually Holly Willoughby, but that’s unlikely to be of any comfort for poor Cheryl.