8 Facts About Confirmed ‘X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole

America, say hello to the not un-attractive Cheryl Cole — she’ll be charming you (Fox hopes) on The X Factor this fall, it’s now been confirmed, as she takes a seat alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and, uh, somebody else (Paula Abdul? Nicole Scherzinger?) at the judges’ table. So who exactly is Cheryl Cole, you might be asking yourself while scratching your noggin. Why, head below, inquisitive pop fan, and we’ll clue you in.

* Cheryl, 27, is from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

* Cole is (or was — it’s up in the air, at this point) one of the five members of Girls Aloud, a girl group formed on 2002 UK program Popstars The Rivals. See? She’s already a reality TV singing competition vet, America!

* Girls Aloud racked up four chart-topping hits and a slew of other Top 10 singles between 2002 and 2009 in their home country. And only a quarter of them were dodgy, watered-down covers of tried-and-true pop classics, like “I’ll Stand By You,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Jump.”

* Girls Aloud’s best single was “Call The Shots.” No, no — this is a fact. Don’t argue.

* Cheryl replaced UK X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne in 2008 and went on two mentor two consecutive winners on the show: Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry.

* After one album, Joe McElderry was dropped by Simon Cowell’s record label earlier this year.

* Cole’s best solo single (again, a fact) is “Fight For This Love.” It’s so rad, in fact, that the smitten members of Vampire Weekend covered it last year.

* Cole was married to pro soccer player (or “footballer” as the Brits say) Ashley Cole for four years. Since their divorce, she’s been linked to fleet-footed American fellow Derek Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame (Hough appeared in Cheryl’s 2010 “Parachute” video).

So there you have it. And there’s only one more seat to fill on The X Factor. Who do you think it’s going to be?

  • Derek_

    It’s got to be Paula! Although it would be interesting to see what would happen with both Cheryl and Paula on the show and who would get Simon’s attention. Cheryl has great chemistry with Simon and if they want to see that on the show, they should seat the two of them together. However, that would also mean that Simon wouldn’t be close enough to Paula to cover her mouth or do the other things we were so accustomed to seeing the two of them do on Idol. In any case, it should be interesting.

    There are probably still a few names left floating around, but if XFactor really wants to pull in the viewers, getting Paula on board is a smart choice. Simon will draw people in because he’s Simon, and since the two female judges aren’t part of the auditions round, that means that their debut will be another event to advertise and boost viewership. People would surely be tuning in to see Simon and Paula reunited. And I’m sure Cheryl will be received well by the North American audience. So long as they have the talent to back the show up, I’m sure it will do quite well.

  • ZMH

    Robbie, you got the two best singles absolutely right. Both call the shots and fight for this love are perfect manufractured pop.

  • Neil

    Kylie Minogue would have been a good judge/mentor

  • Derek_