She had a guest spot as show boss Simon Cowell's pal at Judges' Houses last year and is hotly tipped to snub any interest from Strictly Come Dancing and return to the judging panel for good this year.
But how will Louis Walsh feel about it? The judge has had an on-off squabble with Cheryl stretching as far back as her Girls Aloud days, when he was briefly their manager.
Of the possibility of her return, Louis told The Sun: "If Cheryl comes back that's fine.
"Look, we would agree to disagree on certain things but that's what makes it good. We all get on."
Which sounds cordial enough, but not for the first time he used talking about Cheryl as a chance to talk about just how much more he likes Nicole Scherzinger.
"Nicole is my favourite because of her work ethic," Louis said.
"She just gets into it and you never know what she's going to say, do or wear.
"That's why I love her because she brings a whole new energy to it."
We'll find out if Louis gets his wish in the next few months as the judging panel gets assembled for its FIFTEENTH series in the summer.
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