Cheryl Cole lands US X Factor judge job

Cheryl Cole. PIC: PA
Cheryl Cole. PIC: PA
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Cheryl Cole has landed the job as a judge on the US version of The X Factor.

After months of speculation she was today confirmed to appear in the show - which could potentially make her a huge star in America.

The 27-year-old singer will take her place alongside show boss Simon Cowell and former record boss LA Reid.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Cole today.

Cowell has long championed her as a potential panellist for the show which he is launching in the US later this year.

She has served as a judge for three years on the UK version of the hugely successful Saturday night series for ITV.

However she is more or less unknown to American audiences, which left many wondering whether Cowell would take a gamble on appointing her to such a high profile position.

In an interview last week he said that bosses at TV network Fox had been impressed by her in the early stages of negotiations to launch a version of the show across the Atlantic.

He said today: “I’m thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with.

“She is also a complete brat. Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.”

Cole said: “I’m so excited to be taking part in the American version of The X Factor.

“I absolutely love it here in the UK, and with the talent they have out in America, I’m sure we’re going to find someone very special.

“I can’t wait to get started. I just can’t decide whether I am more excited to find and nurture the talent or for the unbelievable amount of amusement and entertainment I will have watching Simon doing everything and anything he can to beat me.

“He’s tried to beat me for three years in the UK, and hasn’t even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this.”

A further, unannounced, judge will also join the panel.

Auditions for the US series have already begun.

Cole’s confirmation on the show raises questions about her future involvement when The X Factor returns to UK screens in August.

Cowell will no longer have a weekly role on the series he has created and led, ITV’s programme boss Peter Fincham announced recently.

Cole, who divorced soccer star husband Ashley Cole last year, has spent increasing amounts of time in the US in recent months.

She famously found success through her appearance in TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals - a forerunner of The X Factor - which pieced together her group Girls Aloud.

Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company, welcomed Cole’s appointment.

“Cheryl Cole has the whole The X Factor package - she’s an incredibly talented artist and performer, as well as a style icon, and she has that special charisma that draws in fans around the world.

“Cheryl’s charm and chemistry with Simon have been a key part of the overwhelming success of The X Factor in the UK, and we can’t wait to welcome her to the US on our air.”

Cowell found fame as a judge on American Idol, but announced last year that he was leaving to launch a version of The X Factor.

The new show will give music wannabes a chance to win a recording contract with Sony and Cowell’s company Syco said to be worth £3 million.

Executive producer of the new show Cecile Frot-Coutaz said: “As a young artist whose talent show discovery led to almost immediate stardom, Cheryl’s career exemplifies the promise of The X Factor.

“Her empathy and passion for identifying and nurturing undiscovered talent has made her a huge hit with British audiences, and I have no doubt America will fall in love with her beauty, her accent and her incredible chemistry with Simon Cowell.”

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