For a long time now, there have been rumours going around that Simon Cowell is trying to take The X Factor, and its hugely successful format to America, and industry insiders are whispering that a deal is very near completion.
Industry whispers are suggesting that Cheryl Cole will be one of the main judges on the new US version of The X Factor, which could be ready for broadcast as early as 2010. A source told The Mirror: “Simon is on the brink of signing a deal to take The X Factor to America and, if he gets his way, Cheryl will be it’s main star. He thinks she has amazing presence and her down-to-earth Northern charm will appeal to the American public.“
Simon is clearly saying here that Cheryl Cole will be the shows main star. The reason he has made that clear is he’s tied to a 3 year deal with FOX and the American Idol. The £65 million per year contract with American Idol prevents Simon from going to a rival network, such as NBC, which will be the broadcaster which hosts The X Factor US.
Simon Cowell has always been a big champion of Cheryl Cole. The source told The Mirror: “Cheryl won’t get paid anything like the £2.4 million salary shes on here, because obviously she is not as well known in the States. But if it is a success, like most of Simon’s shows are, it could catapult her into the big league.“
So what are you thinking people? Will you miss Cheryl Cole if she heads to the US? Rumours are rife she is also getting ready to launch a solo career in America, so are we about to loose the nations sweetheart?