Will Cheryl Cole be returning to our TV screens?
The Irish music manager, who has been a judge on the programme since it started in 2004, thinks Cheryl could come in as 30-year-old Kelly Rowland‘s replacement for the next season.
‘I’ll tell you who the panel will be,’ says Louis, 59.
Cheryl, 28, left the show after the 2010 series to take up a place on 52-year-old Simon Cowell‘s launch of the talent search in the US – but she was axed after just a few weeks.
Now Louis is hoping her future lies this side of the pond.
‘She could be back,’ he tells the Daily Mirror.
‘I’m not saying she definitely will but I’d love to see her.’
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