It's official, British pop singer and TV personality Cheryl Cole will serve as the third judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming American version of his hit U.K. TV show, "The X Factor."
After weeks of speculation, the confirmation came on Thursday that Cole will sit at the "X Factor" judges table alongside Cowell and former label boss Antonio "L.A." Reid when the show takes to the air in the fall on Fox. Though not well-known to American audiences, Cole has had a successful run over the past three years on the original British version of "X Factor" and was a member of the best-selling all-female group Girls Aloud.
She will join Cowell, Reid and an as-yet-unannounced fourth judge as they visit audition cities. "I'm thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with," said Cowell in a statement announcing the hiring of Cole's hire. "She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent."
Cole, who has won repeated praised from Cowell for her work on the U.K. "Factor," was equally chuffed about joining the American panel of the show, which will be open to singers of all ages, as well as groups, all competing for a $5 million recording contract with Cowell's Sony Records imprint Syco Music.
"I'm so excited to be taking part in the American version of 'The X Factor,' " Cole said in a statement. "I absolutely love it here in the U.K., and with the talent they have out in America, I'm sure we're going to find someone very special. I can't wait to get started. 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 U.K., and hasn't even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this."
Cowell recently said he'd also love to have his old "American Idol" pal Paula Abdul on the "X Factor" panel with him, but that a deal to have her join the show had not yet been completed. Auditions for "X Factor" continue in Dallas on May 26, and special hi-def recording booths have been set up in Honolulu; Phoenix; Nashville; Denver; Anchorage, Alaska; and Kansas City, Kansas.
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