Now known as the English national treasure, the great British public went wild for her, and viewing figures for The X Factor increased by a whopping 30%.
In her debut year as judge on The X Factor, she won with her contestant, Alexandra Burke, who went on to take the Christmas number one with her version of Hallelujah.
Cheryl Cole has returned to The X Factor in the 2009 series, with a massive payrise to £2.1 million per series, from her £850,000 salary the previous year.
Cheryl Cole Pictures on The X Factor
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