Sharon Osbourne reveals she WOULD return to The X Factor judging panel

Published Thursday, Sep 29 2016, 11:46 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Sharon Osbourne has revealed she is hoping to continue as a judge on The X Factor next series.

Every year there seems to be a shake up on the judging panel, but discussing the likelihood of her return (after re-joining the show this series), Sharon has said she would like to stay on The X Factor - if Simon Cowell will have her, that is.

Sharon Osbourne on The X Factor, ITV
25 September

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Speaking to Daily Star, Sharon discussed her future on The X Factor and admitted she would love to keep her seat on the panel next year. She said: "If Simon said, 'I'd like you to come,' and ITV agreed, then yes."

Fans of the talent show saw Sharon return this year, alongside her good friend and fellow X Factor alumni Louis Walsh. Sharon was an original judge on the show, starring on The X Factor when it first aired back in 2004. She remained as a judge for four series, before being replaced by Cheryl in 2008.

Louis, meanwhile, has previously been on eleven series of the show, taking a year hiatus in 2015 when Simon was joined by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora instead.

He has since joked that his break from The X Factor was a "good thing because ratings weren't good." He claimed that he knew the show wouldn't work with Rita and Nick on the panel.

Louis and Sharon are now judges along with Simon and Nicole Scherzinger - who also has experience on the show.

Gushing about Nicole, Sharon added in an interview with The Mirror that the singer is a "really good friend" of hers and she loves working alongside her on the show.

"There's no nastiness, no bitchiness, no jockeying for position. I love Nicole, she is a really good friend of mine and to work with people who are friends, it's a double bonus," Sharon claimed.

"I love doing The X Factor," she added.

Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor
25 September

© ITV/Supplied by WENN

This year's X Factor is currently at its Judges' Houses stage and Sharon has flown her group, the overs, to her new home in Los Angeles.

Prior to filming, though, Sharon was forced to rethink one of her acts, as hopeful Ivy Grace had to withdraw from the competition due to visa issues. Sharon chose Honey G to replace her, after initially sending Honey home during the Six Chair Challenge.

Speaking about her decision to bring Honey back into the competition, Sharon has said: "I thought long and hard about who can take Ivy's place in the competition and I have never received so many calls and texts about an auditionee before. She's larger than life, she's fun, she's different to everyone else in this competition... and I love different."

Honey, meanwhile, insisted she is the "whole shebang." She has said about her return: "It's a great shame [Ivy] couldn't progress but I'm very lucky and very happy to be back in the competition, a complete stroke of luck for me. I'm not just belting out an amazing voice; I am what is happening right now in the music scene. I'm the whole shebang."

The X Factor continues Saturday 1 October at 8pm on ITV.

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