This lady has gone down a treat with the X Factor judges and we can totally see why!

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Remember that time The X Factor teased us about adding a 5th judge to the panel, only for it to actually just be an app allowing viewers to take part? Well we think there might be an ACTUAL 5th judge this year…

Anyone who’s been following Cheryl, Rita Ora and co on Instagram will have spotted a lady making very frequent appearances on set. Whether it’s backstage in-between auditions or out front at the panellists’ table, she’s always there and clearly has a great rapport with the team.

Who is this secret 5th judge? None other than Cher!

No, not THAT Cher – we’re talking about Rita’s beloved pet pooch Cher The Bear, who’s quickly become a firm favourite with the whole X Factor crew.

The little cutie has definitely got down well with everyone on the show, including animal-lover Cheryl. Ms Fernandez-Versini cuddled up to Cher for THE most adorable photo on Instagram and is clearly smitten.

‘lil Cher big Cher @ritaora ‘s baby @itscherthebear photography @kyledevolle,’ the 32-year-old wrote. Awww!

Cher’s also popular with X Factor presenting duo Caroline Flack and Olly Murs. Caroline, 35, recently shared a video of herself feeding the tiny dog and wrote: ‘A way with animals ❤️’

The footage is possibly the cutest thing EVER. In fact it’s so adorable that Cazza does a little scream when Cher obediently offers her paw in return for a treat.

It was clearly a day full of love for Cher as she posed with Olly for a sweet picture too.

The tiny hound obviously dotes on mum Rita the most though. Yesterday the 24-year-old singer posted the sweetest snap of Cher giving her a kiss at the judges’ table.

‘Cher being the 5th judge while filming today!! Looking like she just escaped from Prison! Lol,’ Rita joked.

We can see why Cher would make the perfect 5th judge for the show. All of the panel are animal-mad after all, with Cheryl, Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell all proud dog owners.

It extends to the presenters too. Caroline has made no secret of the fact that she’s obsessed with her pet cat Waffle and spoke of how much she missed him when she was away filming Love Island recently.

We’d love to see Cher, um, share her role as 5th judge with the other judges’ pets. Maybe some days Grimmy’s lovely pooch Pig could take over, and at other times Simon’s beloved pups Squiddly and Diddly could step in? Pets Factor alert!

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