Sharon backs Girls Aloud Cheryl for X Factor

Sharon Osbourne has backed Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole to take over her role as an X Factor judge.

Osbourne, 55, denied she walked out last week because TV bosses would not meet her pay demands and over conflict with fellow judge Dannii Minogue.

She said of her decision to quit: “It’s just time to move on.

“I love the show, I love everybody there, the producers, Simon (Cowell). But it’s just time to move on.”

Osbourne, now tipped to be a contestant on BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing, said: “I’ve heard that they’re asking certain people (to be the new judge).

“I think they’re asking Cheryl (Cole) who I love. They’re asking Mel B.

“It’ll be interesting, it’ll take the show to a different place, it’ll be probably even better than it has been if that’s possible.”

Asked if there was one person she would prefer, she said: “I think Cheryl.”

Osbourne said it was “not true” that she asked for more money and was turned down.

But the self-confessed “drama queen” also told Radio 1 in the UK: “Yes, I was negotiating and I asked for a ridiculous amount of money and they offered me an obscene amount of money and it just doesn’t change the way I feel. I think I’ve done my best and that’s it.”

Asked whether ridiculous was more than obscene or obscene more than ridiculous, she said: “It’s all ridiculous in this industry, we’re all bloody overpaid.

“We all get paid too much that’s why we’re all drama queens. That’s why we’re all spoilt brats.”

She said: “I loved it, it was the best four years of my life but I gotta do something else right now.”

Osbourne said of Louis Walsh: “Lulu’s gonna stay. He just loves doing the show, he really does.

“And I do, I love the show, I owe the show so much but it’s just time to move on.”

She joked she would like to see Dannii Minogue in a shark tank, before adding: “No, no..”

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