Sharon Osborne has said she is “obviously still relevant” enough to return to The X Factor.
The returning judge told BBC Newsbeat: “I’m obviously still relevant because I work with Black Sabbath and they’ve just had a Number One album worldwide in 14 countries. So I know what I’m doing.”
Sabbath, who are managed by Osborne, released ’13’ – their first album featuring the band’s original lineup including her husband Ozzy Osborne, in 35 years last month.
It was announced in Sharon Osborne that she would return to the TV reality programme as a judge, having left in 2007. She replaces Tulisa, who was a judge for two seasons between 2001-2012. When asked how much persuasion Simon Cowell gave her to return to the show, Osborne replied: “he didn’t have to do that much persuading actually, if I’m truthful. The thing that’s so great is, it’s still the same crew, so it’s like coming back to your family and it just feels just right. It feels really good.”
Last month (June 16), Black Sabbath made UK chart history with their first Number One in nearly 43 years. The Birmingham metallers’ new album,’13’, entered the Official UK Album Chart straight at the top, beating close runner Beady Eye’s ‘BE’. The last time Black Sabbath were Number One in the UK was 42 years and eight months ago in October 1970, with their second album ‘Paranoid’. The band now hold the record for the biggest gap between Number One albums. The record was previously held by Bob Dylan who managed 38 years between 1970’s ‘New Morning’ and 2009’s ‘Together Through Life’, while Rod Stewart held the British record with 37 years between 1976’s ‘A Night On The Town’ and his current album ‘Time’, according to the Official Charts Company.