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Harry Styles set for X Factor return as Simon Cowell looks to 'boost ratings' on new series

Mirror logo Mirror 13/08/2017 Lucy Needham
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Harry Styles is set to make a sensational return to the show where he first shot to superstardom.

The long haired hunk is reportedly being lined up for a guest slot on the X Factor after his solo career got off to a storming start this year.

Music mogul Simon Cowell is said to be keen to get Harry performing on the live shows, according to The Sun.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty The One Direction chart-topper, who last performed with his bandmates on the show in 2015, recently showed off his acting chops in war epic Dunkirk.

The insider said: "Harry could very well be back on the X Factor stage this year. Simon has made it clear he is very keen to have him on in a guest slot.

“He sees him as a major ratings boost for the show and it’s also a chance for him to publicly show his support for Harry as a solo artist.

Credits: Syco / Thames / Corbis © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Syco / Thames / Corbis “Meanwhile, Harry is incredibly loyal to his roots and knows the show is a great platform to showcase his material. Discussions are ongoing but things are looking positive.”

The source added: “The lads are all part of X Factor’s biggest success story, and if the timing was right, they’d all be welcome to perform. If Harry does come on board, it will be a real coup.”

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Although the One Direction boys have all gone their separate ways since meeting on the show in 2011, Simon has been supportive of their solo ventures, with Louis Tomlinson performing at the 2016 final.

Harry's self-titled debut album shot to number one in several countries including the UK, the US and Australia, and he will embark on his first live tour this September.

Credits: Splash News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Splash News The 23-year-old hasn't forgotten is routes as he recently praised the music mogul in a recent interview.

“He’s wonderful," said Harry. "It’s been cool to go from working with him to have him call as a friend.”

The X Factor is set to make a return to ITV at the end of the Summer.

Credits: Syco / Thames / Corbis © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Syco / Thames / Corbis Judges Simon, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger have filmed the audition stages.

The six chair challenge is set to make for tense viewing, after it was reported a 'cruel new twist' left sharon fleeing the stag in tears.

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