The music mogul has said we'll see a very smiley, upbeat Cheryl on the new series of X Factor when it premieres this weekend on ITV.
Speaking ahead of the show, her boss and co-judge Simon said: "I've got to be honest with you, Cheryl's the happiest I have seen her in years. She's a completely diﬀerent person this year. I said to her the other night, 'You've got your mojo back'. She's really enjoying being on this show, it's not like a job, she's enjoying it and I think that's got a lot to do with Rita."
Rita Ora is a new judge on this year's show (alongside Nick Grimshaw) but while Simon would have preferred a catfight in the past, he's thrilled Rita and Cheryl are getting on so well this year.
"Honestly, I think people are bored of the catﬁghts now. It's not like they actually ﬁght, they just don't talk to each other! After a while that gets really boring and it does aﬀect their ability to judge the show. I think with Cheryl and Rita they have helped each other and it feels like they have known each other a long time."
As for whether Rita can swipe the 'people's princess' crown off Cheryl, he laughed: "She's a diﬀerent kind of princess! She's got a very diﬀerent personality. Everyone thought these two were going to hate each other, that there would be a big catﬁght, but I genuinely never thought that.
"I know a lot of girls who know Rita and they all say the same thing, they adore her. She's got what Nick's got, she's incredibly welcoming and after they had their ﬁrst meeting Cheryl called me and said, 'Oh my god, I think she's really cool, I like her'. I had them all over to my house for dinner one night and it was just easy. She's really good."
X Factor starts this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm on ITV.