April 2, 2011

Pure X Factor – Cheryl Cole Confirmed To Judge for US X Factor

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Finally, some news on another US X Factor Judge from People UK!! Simon Cowell has officially picked Cheryl Cole to sit along side him and US music producer LA Reid on the judging panel. Simon says it’s his “biggest gamble” yet being Cheryl is not well known in the U.S., but he believes she has that “rare ability” to connect to an audience as she has done in the U.K.. That leaves one more vacant spot to be filled. Singers Jessica Simpson, Fergie, Paula Abdul, and Lionel Ritchie (I would love this choice) are all rumored to be in the running.

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. Fears that they did not know the Girls Aloud singer started to vanish when TV bosses saw the public flocking to ­auditions for the show.

A source 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.”

Cheryl will be ­signing a ­£1.1million ­contract later this month. A source close to Cowell said: “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.”