Gary Barlow is gone, Louis Walsh said last year was his last and now Cheryl Cole has reportedly been offered a deal to join The X Factor judging panel.

The Daily Star reported that 30-year-old Cole has been offered a £2million deal by Simon Cowell to make a return to the panel for the next series.

Nicole Scherzinger, 35, may also return but Barlow, 42, has left with Louis Walsh, 61 and Sharon Osbourne, 61 is unlikely to return.

Given the relatively poor ratings this year Cowell, 54, will reportedly pay more attention to the show this year, possibly as a fifth judge as he wants to compete with Strictly Come Dancing's high ratings.