Sharon Osbourne is heading back to UK screens with a judging role on Simon Cowell’s canine talent show, That Dog Can Dance!

The former X Factor judge and dog lover has signed up to sit on the panel alongside comedian Bill Bailey and Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler and her dancing dog Pudsey.

Christine Bleakley will host the hour-long show, which will screen on ITV1 over Christmas.

Five owners and their talented four-legged friends will battle it out for the title of Best In Show to win a top prize in the canine world – the chance to perform at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, in 2013.

Richard Holloway, managing director of Thames, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our very own Britain’s Got Talent winners again as well as Sharon, Bill and Christine for this one-off Christmas extravaganza, all under the watchful, and discerning eye of Pudsey of course!”

Sharon, who left The X Factor in 2007, has been a judge on America’s Got Talent and is one of five co-hosts of US daytime chat show, The Talk.