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Simon Cowell to appear on 'The X Factor' via video link

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Simon Cowell will return to The X Factor this year by appearing on the live shows via satellite.

The Syco boss, who left the UK panel in 2010 to launch the US version, will comment on the acts' performances through a video link from LA in a bid to boost ratings, the Sunday Mirror reports.

Simon Cowell telling the judges their categories on The X Factor.

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"I won't be back full time but I will have an appearance. A little bit - probably by satellite," he is quoted as saying. "There are going to be ­changes that will give everybody what they want."

He is also hoping to make a video contribution at Judges' Houses, as producers look to make the tenth season "extra special".

A source said: "Simon will be appearing via a video link. The finalities are yet to be decided but he will be filmed live for the show.

"The aim is that he can be on the UK version every week but there will be restrictions as he will be very busy in the States mentoring his US acts.

Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh enjoy a night out together at The Arts Club.

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Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh enjoy a night out.

Simon Cowell
arrives for 'Britain's Got Talent' Edinburgh auditions
Edinburgh, Scotland

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Simon Cowell at 'Britain's Got Talent' auditions



"Simon knows that the viewers in the UK want him back on the show and he wants to make the tenth anniversary of The X Factor really special.

"Without being arrogant, he knows that if he is on the show, it will get higher ratings. He will still have his panel of four judges but he will be the extra factor."

Cowell and ITV bosses are currently finalising the judging panel, which is likely to feature returning judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger and former judge Sharon Osbourne as Tulisa Contostavlos's replacement.

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