British pop star Cheryl Cole, who’s been a judge of “The X Factor” in the UK for three years, will, as had been widely rumored, be a judge on the US version as well, premiering this Fall on Fox. She’ll join Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Simon Cowell on the judging panel.
Cole is a multi-platinum-selling solo artist and a member of Girls Aloud, one of the UK’s most successful female vocal groups of all time.
“I’m thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with,” said Cowell. “She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.”
“I’m so excited to be taking part in the American version of The X Factor. 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,” said Cole. “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,” she added.
Auditions for X factor continue in Dallas, TX, on Thursday, May 26. Now through this Sunday, May 8, hopefuls may also audition in specially built high-definition recording studios in Honolulu, HI; Phoenix, AZ; Nashville, TN; Anchorage, AK; Kansas City, KS; and Denver, CO.
The X Factor is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.
RBR-TVBR observation: Still one seat to fill on the judging panel. Who will it be? There are still lots of rumors about Paula Abdul.