It is now official! After months of speculation, we now know that the British singer will join Simon Cowell and record executive L.A. Reid on the judging panel of the show. Cheryl Cole says she can’t wait to get to work on the show.
Cheryl (27) has mentored and judged on the UK version of “The X Factor” since 2008. She has a great track record as her acts actually won the competition in her first two series.
She said of her new job: “I’m so excited to be taking part in the American version of ‘The X Factor’”.
The rivalry with Simon Cowell has already been cranked up a notch. Cheryl said:
“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.”
Hopefully, America will love Cheryl Cole. There is already a backlash from angry and upset UK fans as Cheryl has quit the UK show along with Simon Cowell. Auditions for the next season in the UK are put on hold.
Fox executives were impressed with Cheryl Cole’s performance on the show.
Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment and Fox, said: “Cheryl Cole has the whole ‘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.”
A fourth member of “The X Factor USA” judging panel has yet to be announced but it is firmly expected to be former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul.