Umm, this is NOT what we were expecting from TLC.
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It's beginning to look more and more as though there is actually a bit of divine justice in the universe, as Simon Cowell, who famously and controversially fired Cheryl Cole from the judges panel of The X Factor USA's first season after two rounds of auditions, is reportedly willing to spend MILLIONS bring her back into the fold for the reality competition's third season!
According to reports, the head honcho of the series is so desperate to correct his mistake that he's offered the Girls Aloud superstar a contract that makes her original $1.8 salary look like pocket change, and just in case she has any reservations after the f-ckery he pulled last time around, job security for more than one season!
“This is a massive move from Simon. He’s going right out there and saying that he made a mistake in sacking her. After she was shunted off the show, TV critics in the US said in reviews that she was the best thing about the programme – and it seems for once that Simon was wrong. Over the past two seasons, the US X Factor hasn’t performed as Simon would have wanted – now it looks like Cheryl will be the savior. He’s planning to put a massive contract on the table in the coming weeks, giving her the opportunity to return and prove him wrong once and for all. Obviously, there’s no certainty that she will decide to go for it, but it appears to be the closest right now to Cheryl returning to the X Factor family. It’s going to be tough sell for Simon after the humiliation she originally suffered, but if he plays it right, it could happen and it would be a viewer’s dream. Cheryl has been quite adamant that she doesn’t want to head back to the UK version of the show after leaving so getting a slot on the US one would be perfect.”
We'd certainly say so!
It was such a shame that she was never really given the opportunity to SHINE, as she had so frequently on the UK version, and we think that now that American audiences have gotten a taste for the show and have seen the kind of talent it can produce, Chezza's inclusion won't be as much as a gamble as it was in the beginning!
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