Speculations are growing about the judging line up of The X Factor USA with an article in The Mirror which suggests Simon is lining up Cheryl Cole for a £1.5m deal. The star, who split with husband Ashley Cole last month, is said to be Simon’s first choice for the show when it starts in the autumn of 2011.
Sources reported that Simon has met with Fox executes to tell them that Cheryl would be a big asset on the show.
“I took more of a gamble taking Piers Morgan to the States. Cheryl will be loved immediately. We’ve got to nail her,” he is quoted as telling Fox network executives.
“She’d be great over here – Cheryl’s a star,” he added.
A source told the paper: “Getting the right combination for the panel is imperative and Cheryl ticks all the boxes.
“She is sassy, sexy, confident and knows her stuff musically”.
Her profile may not be large stateside yet, but Simon thinks that this could work to his advantage as there’s an element of mystery about Cheryl which is lacking from so many US stars.