Flashing a big smile at the waiting photographers, the former Girls Aloud star certainly looked happy to be back in the X Factor family.
And with a new year comes a brand new look.
We wonder if Cheryl spent today in the salon chair as just last night she had darker locks in the picture she Instagrammed to announce her X Factor return.
Cheryl confirmed showbiz's worst kept secret late on Monday night (10 March) by uploading a photo of herself pretending to throttle Simon Cowell, adding the caption: "I'm back."
Simon, who is also returning, later tweeted to confirm it was true.
Cheryl and Simon were at the posh Arts Club in Mayfair for a photocall announcing her return. The rest of the panel have yet to be confirmed yet.
In a statement this morning, Cheryl said: "I'm very happy and excited to be returning to the X Factor. I'm inspired and ready to find new talent and potential popstars... It's going to be a fun series."
Cheryl has had success at finding winners in the past, mentoring Alexandra Burke to victory in 2008 and then scoring a win the following year with Joe McElderry.
She left X Factor in 2011 to join the US version of the show alongside Simon, but was rather unceremoniously axed just a few days into her new job. Reports at the time suggested there was concern US audiences might not understand her Geordie accent.
Cheryl did later return to X Factor in the UK briefly, making a guest appearance at judge Gary Barlow's judges' houses in 2012, which was filmed at Boughton House estate in Northants.
In a statement today, X Factor boss Simon said: "I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join The X Factor again. The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists. Obviously the plan is to do the same again… so it's back to work!"
Elaine Bedell, ITV's director of comedy and entertainment, said, "We're thrilled to be announcing Cheryl's return to The X Factor panel - she was an extremely popular judge who struck a real chord with our viewers, and we're looking forward to welcoming her back on screen this autumn."