Britain"s Got Talent 2011: Simon Cowell gets ribbed over Cheryl Cole"s X Factor sacking

Britain"s Got Talent 2011: Simon Cowell gets ribbed over Cheryl Cole"s X Factor sacking

He”s back! Simon Cowell makes return on Britain”s Got Talent – and gets ribbed by Ant and Dec over Cheryl Cole”s X Factor sacking

9:45 AM on 31st May 2011

Leader of the pack: Britain

Leader of the pack: Britain”s Got Talent”s head honcho Simon Cowell returned to the judging panel tonight for the first live semi-final – but got ribbed by hosts Ant and Dec over the Cheryl Cole X Factor controversy

Cheeky: Simon gave Ant and Dec a very knowing look as he refused to be drawn on their jibe about Cheryl Cole

Cheeky: Simon gave Ant and Dec a very knowing look as he refused to be drawn on their jibe about Cheryl Cole”s departure from the X Factor

Sign language: Declan Donnelly, (r) with co-host Ant McPartlin (l), referred to Cheryl Cole

Sign language: Declan Donnelly, (r) with co-host Ant McPartlin (l), referred to Cheryl Cole”s dumping from the U.S. X Factor by asking Simon if he could understand his Geordie accent

Booed: Cowell was apparently booed by the audience over the Cheryl Cole controversy as the warm-up guy announced he was in the building

Booed: Cowell was apparently booed by the audience over the Cheryl Cole controversy as the warm-up guy announced he was in the building

Three become four: After weeks of judging on their own, David, Amanda and Michael were rejoined by Simon tonight as the competition reached the live semis

Three become four: After weeks of judging on their own, David, Amanda and Michael were rejoined by Simon tonight as the competition reached the live semis

On with the show: Simon sidestepped Ant and Dec

On with the show: Simon sidestepped Ant and Dec”s joke and got to work with the rest of the panel to judge the first live semi-final of BGT tonight

Competition: Simon exposed his chest in a plunging shirt, but had competition from The Hoff Competition: Simon exposed his chest in a plunging shirt, but had competition from The Hoff

Competition: Simon exposed his chest in a plunging shirt, but had competition from The Hoff

Night out: David headed out with girlfriend Hayley Roberts after the first semi-final, while Amanda changed into yet another sparkly dressNight out: David headed out with girlfriend Hayley Roberts after the first semi-final, while Amanda changed into yet another sparkly dress

Night out: David headed out with girlfriend Hayley Roberts after the first semi-final, while Amanda changed into yet another sparkly dress

Meeting a fan: A bespectacled Michael poses up with an eager fan outside the studios

Meeting a fan: A bespectacled Michael poses up with an eager fan outside the studios