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May 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Cheryl Cole

Talk about an “x factor!” British singer Cheryl Cole, a virtual unknown in the U.S., has been confirmed as a judge on Simon Cowell’s U.S. version of The X Factor. Cowell has long made it clear that he wanted Cole, who had appeared as a judge on the U.K. version of X Factor, to join him when the show debuts on Fox in the fall. But Fox executives were said to be reluctant to feature a British singer with no following in the U.S. who speaks with a Geordie (Northeast England) accent that could require subtitles to comprehend. “I’m thrilled for Cheryl,” Cowell said in a statement “She is massively excited about this show and has been fantastic to work with. She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.” Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox, said, “Cheryl’s charm and chemistry with Simon have been a key part of the overwhelming success of The X Factor in the U.K., and we can’t wait to welcome her to the US on our air.” The London Daily Express indicated that Cole, who was said to have earned $20 million in 2010, could earn as much as $35 million stateside. Record producer L.A. Reid had previously been confirmed as a member of the judging panel. One other spot remains open — and Paula Abdul is expected to fill it.