Simon Cowell 'thrilled' to be returning to the X Factor

Simon Cowell has confirmed that he will be returning for The X Factor 2014.

Ending months of speculation Simon excitedly announced that he will appear once again on the UK talent show when it returns for its 11th series this autumn.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK," said father-to-be Simon, who has been in the US working on the American version of the show. "It's been three years since I last judged the competition and I'm excited to find a global superstar again."

"The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs , JLS and Little Mix," he added. "Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You'll just have to wait and see…."

ITV's director of television, Peter Fincham, said he was equally as excited to see Simon return.

"It's fantastic news that Simon is returning to The X Factor," he said. "We are all very much looking forward to him re-joining the judging panel later this year"

"We're delighted to welcoming Simon back to the panel for this year's X Factor and are looking forward to what is sure to be a great series," added Sara Geater, CEO of Fremantle Media UK.

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