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Cowell hints at X Factor comeback

Simon Cowell has dropped a big hint that he could be returning to the UK X Factor in the near future.

The music mogul, who launched The X Factor in Britain before taking it to the US, told Metro that he planned to come back to the UK judging panel eventually.

Asked whether he would return to the ITV show, he said: "I will at some point. I still miss that, I mean that show is my baby and that last year we did which was the One Direction year was the most fun I've had - it was fantastic. When I look back at the clips now and remind myself about it, it was a really cool year, that."

Simon, 54, also suggested that he had been looking at bringing back Cheryl Cole and signing up Rita Ora as his fellow judges.

He said: "Cheryl and I patched up our differences a long time ago. I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other, and I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.

"She was a great judge. I mean, apart from being cute she's a great judge and she knows what she's talking about and, oh my God, she wears her heart on her sleeve!"

Talking about Rita, he said: "I met with Rita at my house recently and I was really, really impressed with her and you just know she's a future star."

According to The Sun, he also told a US TV programme that he wasn't planning to marry pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman any time soon, saying: "No, I haven't been ring shopping."

On meeting her dad, he said: "I've met him before. He was a cool guy. We got on really well."

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