Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as a judge on the US 'X Factor', joining Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and former 'American Idol' panellist Paula Abdul.
Simon Cowell has revealed the 'Promise This' singer will join him and record executive L.A. Reid - as well as former 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul - on the panel for the Stateside version of the talent contest after TV boss Mike Darnell "fell in love" with her.
Simon said: "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.
"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."
The 51-year-old music mogul insisted US TV executives wanted the 27-year-old beauty as a judge "immediately", despite the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey also believed to be in the running for a place on the panel.
Speaking to Deadline.com, he added: "They wanted her all the time. They absolutely fell in love with her. In a way, the deal was almost conditional on Cheryl having the gig."
Meanwhile, Simon - who quit his role on 'American Idol' last year to concentrate on the launch of 'The X Factor' - admitted he has "never found anyone better" than former co-host Paula Abdul, who will join the trio on the panel.
He said: "It is like casting a dinner party. I've always wanted Paula - I've never found anyone better. You just have to get that chemistry.
"I've always loved working with her even though she can be a pain."