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Look who’s back: Cheryl returns | Jamie Tuohy

Here are the pictures that finally confirm that Cheryl Cole will be making a triumphant return to our screens in the coming months, as she joined Gary Barlow as guest judge for his X Factor judges’ houses segment.

Looking ravishing in a monochrome ensemble, the Under the Sun singer flew into posh Boughton House in Northamptonshire, to aid the Take That singer with his talent-show duties.

As the pair arrived by helicopter, Gary, who was relatively casual, in a t-shirt and chinos, was seen beaming as he stood next to the Geordie songstress – undoubtedly confident in the fact that having Cheryl as a guest mentor is going to see the show’s rating’s increase ten-fold.

Cheryl will help Gary choose the cream of the crop from the over-25s category, but it will undoubtedly be a strange experience for the 29-year-old singer, who is more used to being the judge with the final word.

Cheryl and Gary reportedly hatched the plan following their Diamond Jubilee duet, and both parties are said to be satisfactorily pleased with themselves, having convinced Simon Cowell that Gary’s guest judge would be Robbie Williams.

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Cheryl returns to X Factor | Jamie Tuohy

Cheryl Cole has returned to the X Factor.

Well, for one or two episodes anyway, as she will join Gary Barlow at his judges’ houses segment, whereby she will act as an assisting mentor to the Take That singer.

Apparently, the deal was struck up in secret, so as to keep Simon Cowell in the dark, with Gary asking Cheryl to come on board, following their Diamond Jubilee duet.

It is reported that Gary told Simon that Robbie Williams would return for a second year as Barlow’s assisting mentor, but all the while, Cheryl and Gary had been hatching a mischievous plan for Cheryl to make her X Factor return.

Last night an X Factor source confirmed: “Only Gary’s intimate inner circle know. He hasn’t even discussed it with Simon or ITV bosses. It’s been seriously top secret stuff.

“They’re all under the impression it’s going to be Robbie. No one even noticed the dates for the recording clashed with Robbie’s new solo tour.”

It hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, but with both Simon Cowell and Gary Barlow tweeting the Call My Name singer, it doesn’t take a genius to figure our what they’re not-so-secretly talking about. Simon tweeted a simple “Welcome back Cheryl. X” and Gary joked, “@CherylCole just so we don’t clash, I’m wearing the pink suit with the red shoes ;)”

Cheryl and Gary will be mentoring the over-25s category, with Sharon Osbourne also making a sensational return to the show when she joins Louis Walsh to help him select his four acts from the groups’ category.

Nicole Sherzinger will be aided by Ne-Yo as she tries to whittle down her rumoured cateogory, the boys, and Tulisa will be joined by Tinie Tempah, as she tries to find a winner within the girls’ category.

Meanwhile, Cheryl has been kept busy with her promotional duties for her new single Under the Sun. The 29-year-old singer filmed an interview with Jonathan Ross for his eponymously titled chat-show, which will air tonight (Sept 8) and she looked stunning in a black jumpsuit, with her hair slicked back into a ponytail and sultry and smoky eyes.

As well as performing her new track, Cheryl chatted to Jonathan about her single status and her ex-husband Ashley. She said that she decided to tell him what is coming up in her forthcoming autobiography, saying,

‘I didn’t have to, but I let him know it was happening. I just thought it would be nice that I gave him the heads up so he can leave the country two weeks before.’

Classic Cheryl. Can’t wait to see the interview tonight.

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The Winners: GQ Men of the Year Awards 2012 | Jamie Tuohy

London’s Royal Opera House was the venue for the 2012 GQ Men of the Year awards last night, as the great and the good of the showbiz word descended on the venue for the annual ceremony.

Katherine Jenkins, Tinie Tempah, Lana Del Ray, Gary Barlow, David Gandy, Jessie J and a plethora of famous faces were out in force to celebrate the awards which recognise the contributions of various different men from the worlds of politics and entertainment.

Katherine Jenkins turned heads in a risqué Stella McCartney gown and despite the night being all about the gentlemen, her arrival caused a flurry of photographers to furiously snap her every move, as she emerged for the first time, in the wake of the allegations of her affair with David Beckham.

Katherine vehemently denied the reports and looked sensational in her black dress – even if cyclist Victoria Pendleton did have a near identical one on, albeit in a shorter version.

Amidst the high octane glamour of Jessie J, Katherine Jenkins and Kelly Brook et al, Lana Del Rey dazzled in a white satin dress and was awarded Woman of the Year.

Last year’s most stylish man and all round GQ favourite Tinie Tempah secured the award for Solo Artist of the Year, but relinquished his most Stylish Man of the Year accolade to X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary.

Dermot (whose style I will coincidentally be blogging about in the next few days) scooped the Most Stylish prize for being, “the best-suited male on primetime television” and for his championing of British tailoring.

It was a good night for Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, who both walked home with awards – Outstanding Achievement and Icon respectively.

Sir Salman Rushdie was crowned GQ’s Inspiration and the Legend accolade went to Sir Tom Jones.

Irish actor Michael Fassbender rounded off his successful year by scooping the Actor of the Year award, following his performances in movies such as Prometheus and Shame.

The awards, which were hosted by comedians Jimmy Carr and David Walliams, also saw Dolce and Gabbana winning Designer of the Year, Sacha Baron Cohen walking away with Comedian of the Year, following his movie The Dictator and Bradley Wiggins winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams won Team of the Year for 2012 and were represented by the likes of Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy.

Check out a full list of the winners below:

Team Of The Year: Team GB

International Breakthrough Award: Chris Hemsworth

International Man Of The Year: John Slattery

Solo Artist Of The Year: Tinie Tempah

Actor Of The Year: Michael Fassbender

TV Personality Of The Year: Damian Lewis

Comedian Of The Year: Sacha Baron Cohen

Tanqueray Most Stylish Man: Dermot O’Leary

Designers Of The Year: Dolce & Gabbana

Entrepreneurs Of The Year: – Chris Corbin and Jeremy King

Chef Of The Year: Wolfgang Puck

Writer of the Year: Aaron Sorkin

Politician of the Year: Boris Johnson

Alfred Dunhill Cultural Icon: Thomas Heatherwick

Editor’s Special Award: James Corden

Woman Of The Year: Lana Del Rey

Icon Award: Robbie Williams

Inspiration Award: Sir Salman Rushdie

Legend Award: Sir Tom Jones

Outstanding Achievement: Gary Barlow

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bradley Wiggins