After what seems like an eternity and tons of conflicting reports, Cheryl Cole WILL become a judge on the new American version of the X Factor.
Our favourite Geordie lass is set to sit alongside best buddy Simon and legendary music producer LA Reid on the judging panel.
This decision must come as a huge relief to Cheryl who has suffered many set-backs in her quest for stateside stardom. There had been concerns that the American audience would not be able to understand her accent. The fact that she also has a criminal record threatened to prevent her from gaining a work Visa to the country; however, when Simon Cowell wants something he usually gets it.
Simon had made it clear from the start about his desire to have Cheryl on the panel but the hard task would be selling it to the powers that be on Fox. She seems to have made a great impression though; Cecile Frot-Coutaz, an executive producer at Fox said in a statement yesterday:
‘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.’
She starts filming auditions this weekend so it won’t be long until we know how the American audience will take to her. It is famously difficult to make it over the pond, so many of Britain’s brightest and most talented entertainers have failed to make an impact. Cheryl has certainly been handed an amazing platform to launch her career in the states, and with a rumour that one of her songs is to get the Glee treatment it would be a huge surprise if she weren’t to become as well loved over there as she is here.
As happy as we are for Cheryl, with her and Simon concentrating solely on the launch of the U.S version of the show we can’t help wondering what this means for the X Factor here in the UK.