April 24, 2011

Pure X-Factor – Simon Cowell Reveals Paula Abdul And Cheryl Cole As New X Factor Judges

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In an exclusive interview with Deadline, Simon Cowell has reportedly named Paula Abdul and British singer Cheryl Cole as the new judges he plans to have sitting beside he and L.A. Reid for the new U.S. “X Factor”. More below and at the link. More is to come as well as Simon isn’t finished being interviewed.

Cowell tells me that in addition to himself and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, the chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group who resigned to join The X Factor panel on Fox (and about whom Simon said “was my No. 1 choice to sit alongside me on the show”), he has made up his mind to bring back Paula Abdul beside him and to add a Brit singer convicted of assault who’s unknown to American audiences, Cheryl Cole. Of course, Cowell was once an unknown here, too.

I understand from Cowell that negotiations for Abdul’s deal hasn’t even started and that Cole’s deal isn’t quite done yet. But an insider tells me about Cole that “she’s pretty much a shoo-in for the show” and will be announced as a judge within less than a week. When I asked Simon about all the rumors about “this Cole woman” who judged on the 5th season of Cowell’s British version of The X Factor, he laughed at my description of her. I opined about how hard it is for UK personalities to click with U.S. audiences. Though she has her own widely imitated catchphrase there telling wannabe contestants they are “really, really luv-erly” in her incomprehensible Newcastle accent and has become a UK tabloid obsession, over here she’ll just be another nobody. (As Jennifer Lopez asked recently, “She is a singer, right?”) But Cowell responded: “I never think about it as an American or British audience. I genuinely don’t. I think that’s what’s happened on a lot of these shows now is it’s almost like you’ve got to hire well known celebrities to be a judge. And with Cheryl, when I hired her initially, I’d only met her literally once when I offered her the job on [British] X Factor. I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. And you meet someone special a few times in your life.. And this girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. Shes a great judge. She’s smart. It’s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her.”

I’m so excited on this news. Simon and Paula have great chemistry. I have a feeling Cheryl Cole will add the same kind of chemistry and judging intensity they need to the panel.

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    One response to "Pure X-Factor – Simon Cowell Reveals Paula Abdul And Cheryl Cole As New X Factor Judges"

    1. # tmt commented on April 24th, 2011:

      Cheryl cole? I definitely will NOT watch this.

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