Singer looks back at when she was a judge

Cheryl Cole has found a cheeky way of responding to speculation she’s returning to The X Factor.

Simon Cowell confirmed this week that he’s coming back to the UK show and admitted he wants Chezza, 30, to join him.

And even though the Girls Aloud star has kept quiet about the rumours, she’s conveniently posted a photo from her time on the judges’ panel for #throwbackthursday on Instagram.

#Tbt,’ Cheryl captioned the shot.

The picture shows Cheryl pointing her finger at Simon, 54, as he smiles at her.

Chezza appeared on The X Factor for three series before quitting in 2010 and mentored both Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke to win.

But her relationship with Simon became strained when she was sacked as a judge on the US X Factor after just three appearances in 2011.

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Anna Francis