Simon gives Cheryl US X Factor nod

After months of speculation, Simon Cowell has finally confirmed that Cheryl Cole will be a judge on the US X Factor when it launches later this year.

The music mogul has already announced that record executive LA Reid will join him on the panel and now it seems Chezza will, too.

‘Yes,’ Simon, 51, firmly replied when asked on American breakfast show Good Day LA if Cheryl, 27, will be a judge.

But Simon, who was speaking from London, soon backtracked and insisted his positive reply was in response to an earlier question.

He blamed a delay in the video link for the confusion.

‘You’ll have to wait and see…we’re still making our minds up,’ he said.

‘There are a lot of people in the mix and truthfully, I’ve just had 2 calls – one on Friday and one on Saturday – from two other people who’ve put their names forward.

‘They are big names and you can’t say no, so you have to consider them as well… We’ve got a couple of weeks before we have to make our mind up.’

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