13/12/2012 11:45 GMT

Simon Cowell Returning To 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell will return to 'Britain's Got Talent' for the seventh series, ITV has confirmed.

The music mogul will once again sit behind the judges' desk with Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

And after another successful run of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here', Ant and Dec will also return as hosts of the talent contest.

Cowell said in a statement: "I loved doing the show last year, the new panel worked really well and I’m very happy they have all agreed to come back. Last year was a special year for talent and I hope that in 2013, off the back of an amazing year for Britain, we find another global star.”

The 2012 series saw his dream of a dancing dog emerging victorious come true when Ashleigh and Pudsey were crowned the winners.

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Ant and Dec will return as hosts

David Walliams joked: “My Simon and I are going to be together again. I’m delighted to confirm I will be a judge on 'Britain’s Got Talent' again next year. I am so happy I could cry.”

Ant added: "You think you've seen it all, then a man with a saucepan on his head turns up! We can’t wait to see who or what turns up this time."

But Dec expressed concern that nothing will please Cowell quite like Pudsey did: "Simon was the happiest I have ever seen him when Ashleigh and Pudsey won! I’m not sure we’ll ever see him as happy again – so that’s the challenge, Great Britain: show us what you've got!"

Since their win in May, which was watched by a peak of 14.5 million viewers, Ashleigh and Pudsey have performed in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, appeared on 'America’s Got Talent', been guests on 'The Jay Leno Show' and Pudsey has even penned (or pawed) his autobioDOGraphy.

And runners-up Jonathan & Charlotte have seen their debut album go gold.