Gary Barlow has hinted that Cheryl Cole could make another comeback on 'The X Factor'.

The Take That singer invited the ex-judge to help him during his Judges' Houses round in 2012, and he has said he would have her back again "in a heartbeat" this year.

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Gary Barlow at 'X Factor' arena auditions on Monday

Asked if he had approached the former Girls Aloud singer to help him pick his finalists again, Gary told us: "I don't know yet, but who knows? I love Cheryl, love Cheryl.

"I always ask her to do things, we did the Jubilee together, so I would have her back in a heartbeat."

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Cheryl helped Gary chose his finalists during Judges' Houses last year

Gary also admitted he is missing working with Tulisa, who left the show earlier this year, paving the way for Sharon Osbourne's return.

Speaking at the first round of arena auditions at Wembley on Monday, he said: "I liked Tulisa, we had two good years and she always gave a lot of time to her acts. But she's gone and I think Mrs O coming back is a good thing for the show."

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Gary has also been at the centre of reports he's set to quit 'X Factor' following this year's series to focus on Take That's new album and tour in 2014.

However, he played down the rumours when quizzed by reporters on the red carpet, saying: "It's far too early to be thinking about next year. I'm focused on this year."

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  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Sharon Osbourne arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Sharon Osbourne arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Sharon Osbourne arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Sharon Osbourne arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Sharon Osbourne arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Nicole Scherzinger arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Gary Barlow arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Gary Barlow arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Gary Barlow arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Gary Barlow arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Louis Walsh arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Louis Walsh arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Gary Barlow arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Gary Barlow arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Gary Barlow arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Gary Barlow arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor 2013 auditions - London

    Judge Louis Walsh arrives at Wembley Arena for the London auditions of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor.

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Caroline Flack arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Caroline Flack arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Caroline Flack arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Caroline Flack arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Dermot O'Leary arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Dermot O'Leary arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

  • The X Factor - London Auditions - Red Carpet Arrivals

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: Dermot O'Leary arrives for the London auditions of The X Factor at Wembley Arena on July 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

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  • Series 1-3 (2004-2006)

    The original line-up: Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh

  • Series 4 (2007)

    All change: Dannii Minogue joins Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, with Brian Freidman replacing Louis Walsh.

  • Series 4 (2007)

    The return of the Walsh: Louis makes a comeback after Brian Freidman is axed from the panel after only a few days of auditions.

  • Series 5-7 (2008-2010)

    The Cheryl era: Cheryl Cole replaces Sharon Osbourne, joining Simon, Dannii and Louis.

  • Series 8 (2011)

    A mass exodus: Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland join the only original remaining judge, Louis Walsh.

  • Series 9 (2012)

    Schermazing: Nicole Sherzinger replaces Kelly Rowland, joining Gary, Tulisa and Louis.

  • Series 10 (2013)

    She's BACK! Sharon Osbourne rejoins the panel after five years, replacing Tulisa and joining Louis, Gary and Nicole.

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