The former Pussycat Doll was pressed on whether she would be back for another series as she made an appearance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (21 May) night.
There had been various rumours she was set to leave the ITV talent show to pursue a film career in a big-screen adaptation of ‘Wicked’.
But when an E! red carpet reporter asked if she would be back, Nicole responded: “I can’t confirm it, but I think so.”
“There may be some clashes in her schedule due to other work, but if we can get these ironed out then she’ll be back on the show next year. Simon is keen to have Nicole back and wants everything signed off as soon as possible.”
An insider backed up the claims to The Sun, but their source added: “Mariah’s name is still in the frame and, given it’s ‘X Factor’, it’s safer not to rule anything out.”
‘The X Factor’ is expected to launch its 14th series on ITV in the autumn.