Cheryl Cole has confirmed that she will return to The X Factor when it returns in the autumn.

The former Girls Aloud singer posted an image on Instagram last night of her with Simon Cowell along with the caption "GUESS WHAT!!.. I'm baaaacccckkkkk!!!! #iMayActuallyRingHisNec #XFactor2014"

X Factor boss Simon Cowell followed up her announcement with a tweet saying "It's official. Cheryl is back" adding “be careful what you wish for!"

Cole last appeared on the show in 2010 when she mentored runner-up Rebecca Ferguson. She decided to leave in order to join the US version of the show where she was quickly replace on the judging panel.

She mentored two X Factor winners, Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry.

Cheryl Cole ahead of today's X Factor press conference
Simon Cowell is thrilled Cheryl is returning to The X Factor panel