It's official: Cheryl Cole locked in for 'X Factor'


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Almost exactly one month after L.A. Reid told reporters that Cheryl Cole would be joining The X Factor judging panel, Fox has made it official: The British singer, who judged the U.K. version of X Factor, will sit alongside Reid and Simon Cowell in the U.S. version of the reality show. And it looks like we can already expect some chemistry between Cole and the former American Idol judge: “I’m thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with,” Cowell said in a release from Fox. “She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.”

And Cole is game to stand up to Cowell as well. Said the Girls Aloud singer in a release: “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 U.K., and hasn’t even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this.” But the judge casting isn’t over — there’s still one more slot to fill. Cowell has tossed around Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, or George Michael as possible judges, but Fox has remained mum at this point. High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu and Nicole Scherzinger are in talks to serve as co-hosts.

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  • Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

    No one will understand what she says and her accent will be made a mockery of.
    Simon Cowell deliberately chose celebrities who are less famous than him to join his panel so that he would be the undisputed star of the show.
    Cheryl was so shapely a few years ago but has lost so much weight and is so skinny now. Why did she do it? She was perfect before. Please put 10 pounds back on. She looks wasted. She should have a healthy model figure that boasts an ample cleavage, fuller legs and a fuller backside.

    • Jacob

      Who are you? Someone hiding behind a fake name.

      • Jethro

        You should know it’s not Mike. He could never put that many words in anything!

      • hgvvc

        Can you believe your life will be totally changed within several mins?

        ~~ K iss ing R ic h *C//0 m ~~ will make it come true!! You can meet thousands of millionaires here! You will have a da t e soon and you have access to upper class luxury life!!

        Why not have a try? New life is on the way.

    • Sam

      You Americans should stop being so self centred! I’m French and i understand her perfectly so why couldn’t you?!
      And she lost weight cos she had freaking Malaria last year, she’s regaining weight so give her a break!

      • Zakry

        I’ve watched UK’s X Factor every season- had no problem understanding her. I’m American btw.

      • hmmm

        being able to understand or not understand foreign accents has nothing to do with being self-centered.

      • beau

        I agree that was a stupid comment. However don’t blame all Americans for 1 dumb comment, bc I’m glad French people aren’t self centered or anything (sarcasm)!

    • HoneyB

      I highly doubt “The Situation” would know of Cheryl let alone be able to articulate a response like this.

    • BB

      Great….another no talent buttaface on TV.

    • johnc

      Who the else is she?!

      Do I care? Probably Not!

  • Lindsey

    I’m so excited that Cheryl is a judge! I’ve been waiting for her big break here in the US for years! Now if only Simon would sign Dermot O’Leary on the host instead of the kid from HSM!

    • RD

      I don’t like Cheryl but you are so right about Dermot!

  • Jameson

    Wohoo! I guess this means we should expect one or two of the following judges from the UK X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent to join the USA X Factor’s judging panel as well and crack America:
    Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh, Amanda Holden, Michael Mcintyre

  • Emily

    This show is going be boring why we need another singing competion

    • Ron

      Because Idol is horrible without Simon

    • kate middleton

      I agree. I don’t think Americans will really care about Cheryl.

  • Hate It

    BOO…..I think I am going to pass now.

  • Justin

    Remember everybody asked who Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson were when Idol first started, now look at them… give this girl some time… she’s super talented and earned that spot… she’s been great on the UK version for the past 3 years…

    • Zakry

      Exactly Justin! These folks are full of sh*t. If they are so disinterested, why are they even reading the story, let alone commenting on it? Fake.

    • WTR

      Please. The only thing Cheryl Tweedy has done in this country is Derek Hough.

  • apolloallyn

    This just confirms that I will be watching X-Factor! I really love Cheryl Cole, not I’m only worried that this is the final nail in the Girls Aloud coffin

    • HoneyB

      I will watch due to her presence, too. And I am worried about GA’s future (although I am anxious for Nicola’s album later this year… about time!), however, they will reunite for a 10 year anniversary special or something like that.

  • Jeremy

    The Voice and AI have Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez and X Factor has Cheryl? Haha I can’t wait to hear Cheryl tell contestants they can’t see and they retort back “Who the hell are you?”

    • Jeremy

      Sorry I meant “sing” not see

  • steph

    Who the f is cheryl cole?

    • HoneyB

      One of the biggest pop stars in England. Look her up before being foul-mouthed.

      • Driver

        Yeah, her and Crazy Frog. And please don’t be foul-mouthed around the English- you know how classy they all are.

  • cine

    oh come on! another narcissist in the panel. one (simon) is more than enough.

    • Zakry

      You don’t even know who she is and you’re calling her a narcissist? Shameful.

      • cine

        i wouldnt call her one. if i dont know who she is!

  • cine

    of course cheryl cole is massively excited for the show. she wants to conquer the american market with her “music”.

  • jane

    America deserves this racist chav. Hope she never comes back to the UK.

    • James

      The fact that she married a black guy kind of proves that she’s not a racist.

  • sarah

    This show is going to bomb.

  • RoastLamb

    I love Cheryl. She is a Geordie girl – like me. But I don’t think she will translate well onto American screens because the Geordie accent is difficult to understand. I think Cowell picked her because of her beauty and because she won’t take the limelight off him. However, I hope I’m wrong and she is a success.

    • PaulA

      Please, that her accent is difficult to understand is what posh British people say, the rest of the world understands her just fine. Get off your high horse and shame of you. If you loved her like you said you would know that she’s much more than just a pretty face, Simon picked her because she’s talented, hard working, ambitious and gets on well with him. So

  • RoastLamb

    PS She always reminds me of a younger version of Shania Twain. Don’t think she’s as musically talented but she can hold a tune.

    • Renee

      Shania would have been awesome. And Shania can do more than hold a tune, she can actually SING. Bad move Simon.

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