She was one of the favourites for the American X Factor job – but now Cheryl Cole faces some seriously cheeky competition.
It seems that her fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh is an unlikely hit across the Atlantic – and he might pull off a major shock and snatch the job from under Cheryl’s nose.
The Yanks have fallen in love with his cheeky Irish charms and are keen on him to be a part of Simon Cowell’s new US show.
Bigwig executives reckon Louis would have a better connection with the US audience thanks to the strong Irish/American links.
Cowell has already started planning for his new show – which is due on screens next year – and has told his staff to come up with some seriously spectacular ideas to blow away American Pop Idol.
Members of his UK team jetted over to LA last month to present ideas to the big man, including suggestions for presenters and a stunning grand finale show from Las Vegas.
An American source said: “Everyone presumes Cheryl will get offered the job because she looks the part.
“She’s gorgeous and extremely camera-friendly and now has the working relationship with Will.I.Am which will help her break through in the States.
“But during test screenings they did struggle with her strong Geordie accent.”
However, they had no such problems with Louis.
We’re told: They absolutely loved him. Anything Irish they adore and they think he is a right character. It might surprise a few people in Britain that they would consider Louis over Cheryl, but there is a huge Irish community.
“They can relate to Louis more than Cheryl. They saw her as another pretty pop girl – and they have plenty of them already.
“It’s not like in the UK where she has grown to become the nation’s sweetheart. They don’t really know her back story yet.
“They won’t announce the presenters until nearer the time, but Louis is now well ahead in the race to win the seat.”