"I'm thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with," Simon said today in a press release. "She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent."
"I'm so excited to be taking part in the American version of 'The X Factor,'" added the 27-year-old Cheryl. "I absolutely love it here in the U.K., and with the talent they have out in America, I'm sure we're going to find someone very special. I can't wait to get started."
I know I can't wait. As a longtime avid viewer of "The X Factor U.K." online, I've always enjoyed what Cheryl brings to the table. Any American who's watched the British version of the show already knows that she makes for great TV...and no, her working-class Newcastle accent is not that hard to understand. (According to some reports, her accent was a stumbling block for producers, who feared her broad brogue would alienate xenophobic audiences over here.) Plus, she is simply gorgeous. The camera LOVES her. Just see your yourself below:
In today's aforementioned press release, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz backed up Simon's statement, asserting: "As a young artist whose talent show discovery led to almost immediate stardom, Cheryl's career exemplifies the promise of 'The X Factor.' Her empathy and passion for identifying and nurturing undiscovered talent has made her a huge hit with British audiences, and I have no doubt America will fall in love with her beauty, her accent and her incredible chemistry with Simon Cowell."
Cecile was referring to Cheryl's humble beginnings on another TV talent show, "Popstars," which spawned her massively successful group Girls Aloud, who released 20 top 10 U.K. singles (including four number ones) between 2002-2009 and were actually totally awesome. Check out one of Girls Aloud's music videos below...and ignore the title, since Cheryl actually gives good advice on "The X Factor" most of the time, and has groomed two "X Factor" champions since she took over for Sharon Osbourne in 2008:
Cheryl is already a household name in the U.K. not only because of her pop music and TV exposure, but her tabloid marriage to (and eventual tabloid divorce from) soccer star Ashley Cole, which followed her big "Popstars" break. (Before that, she was known as Cheryl Tweedy.) Now, in a bit of incestuous American reality-TV synergy, the British beauty is romantically linked to "Dancing With The Stars" pro Derek Hough, who starred in and choreographed her 2010 solo video, "Parachute":
So, will Cheryl be as big a hit Stateside as she is across the pond? My guess is YES. She might even upstage Simon. "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," Cheryl said today. "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."
Watch Cheryl perform her will.i.am-produced hit solo single "Fight For This Love" on the British "X Factor" below, and get ready to see her fight with Cowell on U.S. television in September!
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