Not a bad fall back, if we do say so ourselves!
Although Simon Cowell was unable to land Cheryl Cole a judging position on the American version of The X Factor, he's reportedly softened the blow by signing a new contract for her position on the UK edition of the series - as well as a $1.38 million pay raise, making her compensation now around $2.77 million!
A source close to production explains:
"Cheryl is thrilled about the new deal. She thought her days on the UK X Factor were behind her but the money is too good to refuse. This is Simon's way of making it up to Cheryl for not landing her the US X Factor gig. He's handing her a €2million dream pay day. She was convinced Simon had pulled all the strings to get her on the judging panel but it's been a disaster. Now Cheryl will make twice the money she was on last year. Simon has told her he's going to look after her and he has a lot of surprises in store for this year's show. He's going to shake things up dramatically and make some big changes. He wants the new format to be much edgier and Cheryl will play a major role in that. She's going to be returning with a bang and with Simon no longer appearing on the show he's banking on Cheryl to stir things up."
Wowza! That's way more than fair if you ask us!
She still gets to keep her job, and makes double what she did before - and with a potentially expanded role!
We would LOVE to see our Chezza break into the US mainstream, but we think that ultimately this will be for the best! We didn't think that the UK X Factor viewers wanted to have to say good-bye to her, anyway!
What do U think?? Are U excited Chezza is coming back to UK's X Factor??
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