Cole to judge the US `The X Factor`

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 08:33 AM IST

London: Singer Cheryl Cole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and former `American Idol` panelist Paula Abdul as a judge to the US version of `The X Factor`.

"With Cheryl, when I hired her initially I`d only met her literally once when I offered her the job on `The X Factor`. I thought she was bright, cute, knew what she was talking about, ambitious. You meet someone special a few times in your life. This girl is special. She`s got a great ability to communicate. She`s a great judge. She`s smart. It`s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she`s going to do really well in America. Fox were desperate to hire her," Cowell told Deadline.com.

The 51-year-old music mogul revealed that Cole will join him and other members on the panel for the Stateside version of the talent contest after TV boss Mike Darnell "fell in love" with her, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I showed a tape to Mike Darnell of a clip I`d shot in England of Cheryl and he said, `I`d hire her now for `American Idol`.

"They absolutely fell in love with her," she added.

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