Joe McElderry won the sixth series of The X Factor back in 2009 when he was mentored by Cheryl Cole.
Now Cheryl is back with Simon Cowell after a three year break and Joe says they are just what the show needed.
Joe McElderry and Cheryl Cole
“It’s great to see her back, she’s a brilliant judge,” Joe told HELLO! Online, adding: “I think the show needs her and Simon. It needed them to come back.”
Cheryl confirmed her return to the show on Tuesday 11th March with a jokey Twitter photo showing her throttling Simon and the caption “GUESS WHAT!!.. I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNeck #XFactor2014 #leggooo.”
Earlier in February, she had previously teased fans with a Throwback Thursday picture of her and Simon in The X Factor studio.
Cheryl and Simon confirm her return on Twitter
When asked what Cheryl brings to the show Joe says he believes it’s her ability to relate to the public and that she came from a reality show herself.
“Being from a show like that, she’s worked her way up and people can relate and she’s a nice girl.
“And she’s stunning – it all helps!”
Joe also had a special message for Simon, who recently became a father for the first time.
“I think it’s really nice that he’s had a child and I wish him congratulations and luck. It’s a special time for him.”
Joe is currently on a 60-date UK tour. Buy tickets from his official website.