10 April 2013 4:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor creative director Brian Friedman has told Digital Spy that he is confident Sharon Osbourne will return to the panel this year.

The choreographer, who briefly judged alongside Osbourne in her final series in 2007, said that he believes the 60-year-old's departure from America's Got Talent is a sign she will be back.

"It's funny, I was watching TV here in America and I'm used to having her on America's Got Talent," he said. "It leads me to believe that she's got to be back in the UK.

"I could definitely see it happening and who better to come back? She knows the show so well, she helped launch it, she was part of the original. So if there's a back to basics [approach], she's definitely the person to bring back."

Asked if he approves of the return of the X Factor audition rooms, Friedman said: "It keeps the audience on their toes, »

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