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Cheryl Cole named as American 'X Factor' judge

Singer Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as a judge for this year’s American version of the X Factor.

Cheryl Cole arrives for the Brit Awards 2011 at The O2 Arena in London.
Cheryl Cole arrives for the Brit Awards 2011 at The O2 Arena in London.
Image: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

BRITISH POP SINGER Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as a new judge for the American version of The X Factor.

Cole will join Grammy-winning music producer Antonio ‘LA’ Reid and Simon Cowell on the much-anticipated singing contest debuting this autumn, the Fox network announced today.

The series is based on Cowell’s hit British show, where Cole has been a judge for some time. “I’m so excited to be taking part in the American version of The X Factor,” Cole said in a statement, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell said: ”I’m thrilled for Cheryl, she is massively excited about this show and has been fantastic to work with.”

“She is also a complete brat,” he continued, “Most importantly, this girl can spot talent.”

Previously, Paula Abdul, who teamed with Cowell on American Idol, has been mentioned as a possible fourth X Factor judge.

The American X Factor is open to solo singers and vocal groups age 12 and up, and auditions are currently under way. The winner gets a $5 million record contract.

Additional reporting by AP

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