Cheryl Cole to soften accent for TV show

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 09:56 AM IST

London: Singer Cheryl Cole is taking elocution lessons in preparation for the US version of TV show "The X Factor" as the programme could be fined if audiences don’t understand her.

The 27-year-old beauty, who hails from Newcastle in Britain, is set for a judging role on the new show but has been ordered by US network Fox to soften her strong regional accent and drop certain phrases that audiences won`t understand, reports a website.

"If audiences and contestants can`t understand her it is actually a regulatory offence," said a source.

"Cheryl will be told not to use the word `babe` to describe a pretty girl. Other key words she`s being taught include saying `pants` and not `trousers`, `butt` not `bum` and `cookies` not `biscuits`," he added.