Dannii Minogue to be back on X Factor

Updated: May 22, 2010, 15:12 PM IST

London: Pop star Dannii Minogue has signed a deal worth USD 652,100 to return to the judging panel of the hit talent show The X Factor, just eight weeks after giving birth.

The Australian beauty`s role as a judge had been in question after she announced that she was expecting her first child during the auditions for this year`s show, reported a news website.

However the 38-year-old singer, will return to work two months after the arrival of her baby in July with the help of her boyfriend, former rugby league player turned model Kris Smith.

The younger sister of pop princess Kylie Minogue will appear in the `judges houses` segment of the `X Factor` in September, where she will help whittle down the hopefuls, alongside the other judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and then return for the live shows, filmed in London.

"Dannii`s pay has increased for the amount of episodes she has to film, compared to the last series," said a source close to the singer.

Former Spice Girl Mel B will take Minogue`s place in the auditions round.

"I used to think being pregnant would be the longest time in the world. But with going back and forth from London, with me working, Kris working, there`s so much going on.

After baby`s born, I`ll absolutely switch off. You have to. I just want to have the baby, shut the door, and take some time
off work," she had said about her post baby plans.