The brunette beauty, who recently welcomed baby Bear with Liam Payne, made a surprise comeback to the ITV show to help Simon Cowell at the judge’s houses round.
And, speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, fellow judge Louis Walsh opened up about having the Fight For This Love singer back on the panel.
When asked if himself and the Girls Aloud star had ‘buried the hatchet’, the 65 year old remained adamant they never had an issue.
“There was never any hatchet,” he admitted. “We sometimes disagreed on things but she was a great judge.”
But the ITV favourite confessed there is one judge who is better than Cheryl – Nicole Scherzinger.
“Nicole is the best though,” he continued. “Tulisa was great, she never gets any credit – she put Little Mix together, everybody forgets that.”
As it stands, Simon Cowell is the only remaining judge on the X Factor panel after Cheryl, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora announced their resignations [Demi Lovato/Twitter/Getty]
His words come after it was revealed Cheryl could be making a surprise return to the X Factor panel on a full-time basis, taking the place of the former Pussycat Doll singer.
A show source reportedly told The Sun: “It looks like Cheryl will be back next year. Simon knows Nicole is likely to leave and he wants a big name, and some much-needed glamour on the panel.
“He knows he will get that with Cheryl and she would be a really popular signing and a huge hit.
“Simon has had his own problems lately but has been really keen to get the deal nailed down.
“He is a huge fan of hers and has been turning on the charm to ensure she comes back.
“They have had several meetings about it and Simon has had his top people on the case to make sure it is all sorted.”