Cheryl Cole Confirmed as “X-Factor” Judge
British pop star Cheryl Cole is ready to invade U.S. television.
Fox television confirmed on Thursday that the 27-year-old member of British pop group Girls Aloud will sit as judge in the U.S. version of Simon Cowell‘s “The X-Factor” talent show.
Cole joins Cowell and record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who was earlier confirmed as the first judge on the talent show that is set to become the latest rival of more established U.S. programs like “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.” Cole, who is married to Chelsea football star Ashley Cole, is a certified crowd drawer in the U.K., but is untested in the U.S.
Cowell, though, is not worried and believes that Cole will be an able judge. “I’m thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with … Most importantly, this girl can spot talent,” Cowell said. Cole has been judge of the U.K. version of “X-Factor” since 2008. Cole said she is “excited” to join Cowell in the American version of the show. “I’m so excited to be taking part in the American version of The X Factor…with the talent they have out in America, I’m sure we’re going to find someone very special,” she told Us Weekly.