TV bosses confirmed Sharon Osbourne will return to The X Factor judging panel to replace Tulisa Contostavlos.
She will join Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger on the ITV series later this year.
Osbourne, last on the show as a judge six years ago, said she “couldn’t be happier” about her comeback.
The announcement means show boss Simon Cowell will be absent for a third year.
His departure coincided with a ratings tumble for the show, which was last year regularly beaten by BBC1 rival Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday nights.