Sharon Osbourne, 60, reclaimed her spot on the X Factor this weekend as the shows ratings rocketed.

A huge 9.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the series launch, 50,000 more than last year.

Despite recent criticism of her lack of musical expertise, this surprise rise in the ratings has been put down to the return of Mrs O.

She brought a whole new lease of life to the panel, with all of the judges seen roaring with laughter. Even the usually serious Gary could hardly contain his giggles!

It wasn’t all messing about though, as Sharon showed her motherly side with contestant Hannah Barrett, who gave an emotional performance as a tribute to her Dad.

Sharon was quick to give the teen a much-needed cuddle and advise her on future performances.

What do you think of Sharon’s return?

By Jessica Beech


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