Cheryl Cole not on UK X Factor judging panel

Cheryl Cole will not be returning to the UK version of The X Factor.

The singer, who was recently dropped from the US version of the show, is not on this year's judging panel after Take That's Gary Barlow, N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland were all officially confirmed to line-up alongside Louis Walsh.

"Official: @TheXFactor (UK) judges will be: Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland & Louis Walsh #itvpresscentre," ITV said in a statement via Twitter.

Simon Cowell added: "These four are totally up for it, each of them bring a different attitude. They have had a ton of hits between them and they are all committed to finding a star.

"I have a feeling Louis and Tulisa will have slightly different points of view as to what the next star should look and sound like."

The auditions for this year's X Factor begin in Birmingham on June 1st, before moving on to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Liverpool.

The series will begin on ITV1 later in the summer.