11/07/2013 20:38 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Confirmed: Nicole Scherzinger Is Coming Back To X Factor

It's official Nicole Scherzinger is returning to the X Factor judging panel and what's more she's gonna be paid double. The US beauty has been persuaded to rejoin Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh for a cool £1.5million (that's twice last year's fee!) after weeks of negotiating.

nicole scherzinger x factor

A source allegedly told The Mirror, "Simon knows how brilliant Nicole was last year and has to pay what she and her team feel she's worth."

With N-Dublet Tulisa Contostavlos given the chop back in February for being "too distracted" by her personal life AND Sharon Osbourne reportedly coming back with a bang, it seems Simon Cowell is on a one man mission to boost the talent show's less than impressive ratings. But will it work?

For now, here's more from our favourite Pussycat Doll: