Re: The X Factor 2014 I think Mel B would depend on whether Stepping Out is coming back, and to be honest, she didn't really set that panel a light. The thing is with Cheryl, is that if she comes back, it will feel like it's because the show really want her, unlike most judges who feel like people they are lumbered with. Conversely, ever since Sharon first left X Factor, there has been the "I've chosen to leave" spin on every single departure. Even Tulisa (!). What's refreshing about Cheryl is that when she got sacked from X Factor USA she said "yeah, I've been sacked" and then got paid anyway. She weathered going from Nation's Sweetheart to Public Enemy Number 1 in a matter of years remarkably well, mainly by keeping a low profile. I suspect that when she comes back she'll be a lot less bothered about upsetting people with harsh critique because she knows she can ride any storm.