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    Posted: 12 Sep 2010 at 11:14


By Lara Gould 12/09/2010

EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl's bid to get her fella into judges' house rejected

X Factor bosses have pulled the plug on plans for Cheryl Cole's boyfriend to become a mentor on the show.

Troubled Cheryl, who is divorcing footballer Ashley Cole, wanted her US backing dancer love Derek Hough to join her in the judges' houses stage next week.

But executive producer Richard Holloway pulled rank and vetoed the plan - effectively blocking Hough, 24, from any involvement in the smash-hit series.

Instead, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am will be parachuted in to join Girls Aloud singer Cheryl, 27, in Ascot, Berks, next week, when she will pick her three X Factor finalists.

Will.join on A show source said: "Cheryl has barely spent a day apart from Derek and with his background in dance she thought he would be a great mentor.

"But when Richard Holloway got wind of the idea he stepped in and immediately said 'No'. This is the biggest show on TV so he feels that likewise mentors should be the biggest names in the music industry, not the judge's latest squeeze. It's unprofessional to say the least.

"Cheryl may adore Derek but unfortunately that feeling isn't shared among the X Factor bigwigs.

"She was persistent in wanting Derek by her side, but it was explained to her that he is a dancer not a singer, and that X Factor is about singing." Derek is known in the US as a professional on Dancing With The Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, but here is simply Cheryl's boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Cheryl is also feeling the pressure after hearing X Factor guest judge Katy Perry is being lined up for a role on Simon Cowell's new US version of the show. She has already appeared alongside Simon as a guest judge on American Idol.

Our source added: "Cheryl felt Katy outshone her at auditions so it came as a double blow when she heard she was in the frame for X Factor US. It's awkward for Simon because he doesn't think Cheryl's right for the US, but on the flip side he feels an obvious obligation to her."

Cowell has also told how he feared the worst over Cheryl's recent malaria scare. In an interview with the new X Factor magazine he said: "For sure the worstcase scenario crossed our minds. It was one of the most traumatic times we've had on the X Factor."

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/09/12/clear-hough-115875-22554836/#ixzz0zJD0lj1n

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