The news everyone’s been expecting has just been made official; Cheryl Cole WILL be a judge on the first ever X Factor USA alongside Simon Cowell and Antonio ‘LA’ Reid.
In a press release about the announcement, Cheryl 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.”
Simon added, “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.”
Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, said, “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.”
And the show’s executive producer, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, remarked, “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.”