The X Factor US

Plus, Cheryl Cole was “bottom of the list” for X Factor USA role

The Daily Mirror today reports that ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham, has confirmed the rumour that Simon Cowell’s role in this year’s X Factor UK will “not be as great as previous years.”

He added, “We have been in constant negotiations with Simon about ways in which we can move things forward and help The X Factor evolve…

“We have been aware that his on-screen involvement in this series will not be as great as previous years for months now.

“It is something that we are completely comfortable with.

“We are talking to him about ways he can have an on-screen presence later in the show.

“He will not be a weekly judge, but he will be an enormous presence backstage as always.

“Some of the speculation about us pleading with Simon to be a judge makes me smile.

“I constantly hear we are in crisis but in reality we have an amazingly constructive relationship with Simon and are very much reading from the same page.”

In other X Factor news, Now magazine claims a show insider has revealed that Fox executives were only prepared to consider Cheryl Cole for a judging role on the US version of the show if other stars turned it down.

It seems that Cheryl was only offered the job after Katy Perry, Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj all turned down the chance to be a US judge.

The insider said, “The powers-that-be originally wanted Rihanna. But she’s touring and refused to cancel.

“Then they moved on to Katy Perry, but she’s also busy touring and had to say no.

“They also wanted Mariah Carey, but she’s planning to take it easy after she gives birth to her twins, who are due any day now.

“Simon [Cowell] met with Nicki two weeks ago. He said she was ‘the one they wanted’.

“She adores Simon and was flattered, but she turned him down flat.”

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People today reports that Cheryl Cole is “double chuffed” after being officially offered a judging role on the American version of The X Factor.

People states, “Simon Cowell worked flat-out to persuade TV network bosses to offer her the deal.

“But what cracked it was how many Americans in the street had taken the Geordie beauty to their hearts.”

It seems that the Fox network’s fears that American fans wouldn’t know who Cheryl was were quashed when thousands of hopefuls queuing for auditions knew exactly who she was.

A show insider said, “Doubts over Cheryl’s profile seem to have been dismissed by the reaction to her from people turning up.

“Fox TV bigwigs dropped many of their objections to her having a judging slot.

“If she can win over fans so early in her American adventure she can become a household name when the series starts.

“The bigwigs from Fox suddenly woke up and realised Simon might have been on to something with her.

“They were really impressed by how popular she already is. That clinched it for her.”

Cheryl will reportedly be signing a £1.1million contract later this month, and the insider added, “Even though she is still relatively unknown, Simon told Fox TV executives that Cheryl will prove an instant success with viewers when the series begins.

“He believes Cheryl has that rare ability to connect with viewers that few others have.”

Friends of Cheryl’s said last night that she was “double chuffed, just so happy” that she’ll be part of the US show. However, there is still one judging slot left, and speculation about who will take that role is frenzied, with some of the biggest names in the music industry reportedly being considered.

And of course, the X Factor UK still hasn’t officially lined up a full judging panel, however in a meeting with ITV bosses last week, Simon apparently reiterated his commitment to the show, but as yet, no solution has been put forward as to how he – and possibly Cheryl – might work on both shows.

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