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Who is 'X Factor' Judge Cheryl Cole?

by Jean Bentley, posted May 5th 2011 12:00PM
Cheryl ColeThroughout the long, drawn-out search for judges to join Simon Cowell on the American version of his singing talent competition, 'The X Factor,' one name has been brought up more often than any other: Cheryl Cole.

Today, Cowell and Fox confirmed Cole's place on the judging panel for his new show, alongside record mogul L.A. Reid and a yet-to-be-named fourth person (most likely Cowell's former 'Idol' compatriot Paula Abdul). So, who exactly is Cole anyway?

The 27-year-old British singer is a reality talent competition veteran herself, having been selected as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud via the TV show 'Popstars The Rivals' in 2002. The band has released five albums and sold more than 10 million records and has had 20 top 10 singles.

As a solo artist, Cole has released two No. 1 albums, including the triple-platinum '3 Words.' She's collaborated with will.i.am, Travie McCoy, Taio Cruz and Dizzee Rascal, and Adele covered her song 'Promise This.' Lily Allen even wrote a song about her ('Cheryl Tweedy').



As AOL TV wrote earlier this year, Cole's been the breakout 'X Factor' star since she replaced Sharon Osborne on the judging panel in 2008 (and subsequently won two years in a row), and she has maintained a highly visible media presence thanks to her marriage to, and divorce from, soccer player Ashley Cole (she's now dating 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Derek Hough), her many lucrative endorsements, and her role as a style icon. Her image as "the girl next door made good" has been reinforced by her refusal to tone down her distinctive Geordie accent.

Of her chances on the American 'X Factor,' she said in a statement earlier today, "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."



Tell us: How do you think Cole will fare on 'The X Factor' in the U.S.?

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liscunha

cheryl cole is NOT a nobody. She is the UK's number 1 sweetheart. don't worry, you americans will fall in love with her soon enough.

May 05 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
replica montre

is every person on this panel going to be British? Paula's the only one I've read about that's American www.watches-works.com and www.swisswatchesus.com www.ereplica-watch.com

May 05 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mchl105394065

So, I'm wondering...is every person on this panel going to be British? Paula's the only one I've read about that's American.

May 05 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mchl105394065

Not that I mind British people judging on these shows, but can't we have some American talents judging American contestants? The British already get to judge on the British version of the show. I'd rather have somebody like Shania--one of the bestselling artists of all time--judging than a nobody like Cheryl Cole.

May 05 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wookers

You do realize that Shania is Canadian, right? And Cheryl Cole isn't a "nobody"... I live in Minnesota and I know who she is, and have both of her albums!

May 26 2011 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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