Simon Says: Cheryl Cole is 'X Factor' Judge

British pop sensation Cheryl Cole will sit beside L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the "The X Factor," premiering this fall on FOX. Cole was a former judge on the U.K. version with Simon Cowell for three years and is a multi-platinum selling solo artist and a member of pop group Girls Aloud.


"I'm so excited to be taking part in the American version of "The X Factor." I absolutely love it here in the U.K., and with the talent they have out in America, I'm sure we're going to find someone very special. I can't wait to get started," said Cole.

Simon said, "I'm thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with. She is also a complete brat! Most importantly, this girl can spot talent."

The auditions for the show continue in Dallas on Thursday, May 26. The winner of the first season will receive a $5-million recording contract with Sony Music.