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    Posted: 08 May 2011 at 15:47

Here’s £1m, pet ... now you’ve got a year to win over America: Cheryl Cole’s deal to judge X Factor USA – but will they understand her?

By Caroline Graham

Last updated at 2:57 AM on 8th May 2011

Cheryl Cole has landed a one-year, £1.2 million ‘make or break’ contract to appear on the new American version of X Factor.

The Girls Aloud singer is a virtual unknown in the States, but in a chance-of-a-lifetime deal championed by show mogul Simon Cowell, she has been given 12 months to prove herself as a member of the judging panel.

After months of speculation, it has now been confirmed that the 27-year-old will take her seat alongside Cowell, Paula Abdul and record producer Antonio ‘L. A.’ Reid at the first auditions in Hollywood today.


Howay to LA: Cheryl Cole arrives in Los Angeles

Like her fellow panellists, Cole’s deal is actually for three years – but producers have written in a get-out clause so they can dump her if she fails to win over US viewers.

There has already been some concern that her Geordie accent could prove baffling for the Americans. Piers Morgan joked on the Twitter website: ‘Congrats to my friend Cheryl Cole on landing US X Factor judging gig. Am available for elocution lessons whenever you like.’

Cole – who has been a judge on the British version of the show since replacing Sharon Osbourne in 2008 – said she ‘couldn’t wait to get started’ on the transatlantic version. ‘I absolutely love it in the UK and with the talent they have in America I am sure we’re going to find someone very special,’ she added.


Cole arrived in LA late Friday and will meet the Press today before recording the first audition show at Hollywood’s Galen Center.

She is the lowest-paid member of the panel, with Reid and Abdul being paid £1.5 million a year and Cowell on a base salary of £5 million – although his stake in the show, together with merchandising and record sales, could boost this to more than £30 million.


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A source at Fox, which is producing the show, said: ‘The sky really is the limit as far as Simon’s potential earnings go if X Factor America is as successful as the UK version.

He gets a cut of everything connected with the show, so a big hit will make him even richer.

‘Cheryl has a three-year contract, the same as the others, but there is a one-year get-out clause for Fox so that if it’s not working out, they can let go of her after the first 12 months.

‘She is unknown and untested in the US, and while Simon has pushed hard for her to be on the judging panel – and has every confidence that she will become a huge star – the powers-that-be at Fox wanted to have an opt-out clause in case it all goes belly-up.’

But Fox executive Mike Darnell gave Cole his backing, saying: ‘Cheryl is an incredibly talented artist and performer – as well as a style icon – and she has that special charisma that draws in fans around the world.’

The X Factor will air in America in September and Cowell – who is well known to US viewers through American Idol – is already hyping the event as a ‘television extravaganza’. He has been appearing in nightly adverts with the slogan: ‘He’s back.’

The winner of the show will receive a £3 million record deal with Cowell’s Syco Music label. The mogul has already earned an estimated £200 million from his talent-show formats, which have spin-offs in more than 30 countries.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1384759/Heres-1m-pet---youve-got-year-win-America-Cheryl-Coles-deal-judge-X-Factor-USA--understand-her.html#ixzz1LlwilQeY

Edited by Bren - 08 May 2011 at 15:47
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