Cowell: I tried for two years to get Cheryl on 'X Factor'

Cowell: I tried for two years to get Cheryl on 'X Factor'

Cheryl Cole didn’t want to work on ‘The X Factor’.

Simon Cowell has admitted it took him two series to persuade the ‘Fight For This Love’ singer to join him on the British reality programme as a talent show judge.

He said: “It just took me two years to persuade her. She blew me out on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ after originally saying yes.

“Eventually I persuaded her to do ‘The X Factor’. I knew she was going to be good because she speaks like normal people speak. People can relate to that. And I think that is the best sign of a judge.”

Simon, 50, also joked that he hated her newfound success.

He added: “I hate it. No, if you bring somebody on a show, you’re not bringing them on to be popular. I had to really twist Cheryl’s arm because she didn’t know how good she was going to be.

“She must now be the most popular person on TV – more than me! Annoying, but it happens. To embarrass her, she’s one of the best I’ve ever worked with.”

Discussing rumours that Cheryl may be a judge on the US version of ‘The X Factor’, Simon said: “Nothing’s been confirmed yet. We still have a while to go. Cheryl might not even want to do it.”

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