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Cheryl Cole appearing as judge in US 'X Factor'

May 6, 2011 - London

It's official. British singer Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as a judge for the U.S. version of 'The X Factor'.

Cole, who has joined Simon Cowell and Antonio 'LA' Reid on the judging panel, has already voiced her excitement about the new role searching for the talent America has to offer and said she is ready to battle it out against Cowell on the first series.

"I'm so excited to be taking part in the American version of The X Factor. I absolutely love it here in the UK, and with the talent they have out in America, I'm sure we're going to find someone very special," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"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 UK, and hasn't even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this," she added.

This announcement ends months of speculation over whether Cole's Newcastle accent would prove problematic for viewers across the pond.

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company told the Daily News, "Cheryl's charm and chemistry with Simon have been a key part of the overwhelming success of 'The X Factor' in the UK, and we can't wait to welcome her to the U.S. on our air."

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz also said: "As a young artist whose talent show discovery led to almost immediate stardom, Cheryl's career exemplifies the promise of The X Factor.


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