Last week (ends28JAN05) the feisty wife of rocker Ozzy was persuaded by her sharp-tongued co-judge on the TV talent contest to overcome their bitter past and commit to another series.
Their rift was initially sparked when Simon mocked Ozzy's near-fatal 2003 quad bike crash and was exacerbated when Sharon labelled X Factor winner STEVE BROOKSTEIN - who was championed by the scathing music mogul throughout the competition - a "fake".
A source says, "Things were very frosty between Sharon and Simon after her rant.
"He was so angry because he felt she was damaging the show as millions had voted for Steve. But Sharon then made a big apology saying she was wrong.
"Simon knows that Sharon was a hit with the viewers, so has pulled out the stops to sign her again on a big money deal."30/01/2005 10:29