Cheryl Cole is in talks to return to The X Factor USA, a new report has claimed. According to the New York Post, Cole is in negotiations with producers about returning to the judging panel for the show's upcoming third season.
Cole, who was originally fired from the show after just weeks of filming, has previously appeared to scorn the possibility of returning and filed a $2.3m lawsuit against executives following her dismissal. However, the reports allege that her return to the show could come as part of a settlement and suggest that the panel could comprise Simon Cowell and three women. Previous rumors have suggested that Cowell would like Cole to return to the series, though it has also been suggested that she is wanted for the UK version of the competition. Cole's spokesperson later shot down the UK speculation.
The uncertainty about The X Factor USA's judging panel comes after LA Reid and Britney Spears confirmed that they will not be returning next season.