VIDEO EXCLUSIVE! Cheryl Cole is FINALLY back on The X Factor this weekend - when we met her last night she was purring like a cat, waving like the Queen and being all kinds of sassy!

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Our Wednesday evenings are usually reserved for one thing only, The Great British Bake Off, but last night we happily set Mel and Sue on record and headed out to the swanky Ham Yard Hotel in Central London to spend the evening hanging out with The X Factor‘s Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh, Dermot O’Leary and Sarah-Jane Crawford.

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The gang were getting together for a special X Factor screening event followed by a question and answer session, which Now was invited to.

Mel B, 39, was absent due to ‘filming commitments back in America,’ but her presence wasn’t missed too much as the judges and their partners still managed to laugh (and cry) their way through the evening.

Newlywed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, 31, was accompanied by hubby Jean-Bernard, who held her hand and gave her a peck on the cheek when she wiped away the tears while watching a heartfelt scene with a former contestant.

Simon Cowell, 54, looked more loved-up than ever as he spent 99.9% of the night whispering sweet somethings into fiancée Lauren Silverman‘s ear.

And Louis Walsh, Dermot O’Leary and Xtra Factor newbie Sarah-Jane Crawford all giggled away together like kids on the front row.

Once the screening had ended, the judges then took to the stage for a quick Q&A session where they discussed everything from Tulisa ‘looking and doing great’, Simon‘s disappointment at the on-going Strictly Come Dancing ratings battle and Cheryl and Mel getting along ‘better than any females judges ever before.’

Which was all great and everything… but the main source of entertainment of the evening came from Cheryl as she unleashed all kinds of weird but wonderful sassiness like her rather impromtu cat impression when Simon made a swipe at an unnamed rival musical talent show. Ahem…

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