There will be a new member of the X Factor panel when Cheryl Cole finally goes back to work – a specialist nurse. The Girls Aloud beauty is still recuperating after being struck down with malaria.
And she has organised for the medic to be on hand for at least a year.
Cheryl, 27, is desperate to return to the hit ITV1 show in time to pick her finalists for the “judges’ homes” stage of the competition.
She is also due to take up a similar role on the US version of the show next year.
And with a tour with Girls Aloud expected next year, there’s no way she’s going to risk her health.
So she’s hiring the nurse to accompany her wherever she goes.
Cheryl emerged from her £6million Surrey home for the first time yesterday and headed to her London base The Langham Hotel for meetings.
But though pals say she’s “fine”, she still has a long way to go.
A source close to the star said: “Cheryl knows she must have someone on hand at all times in case she is struck down by malaria again.
“Once you’ve contracted the tropical disease it lives on in your red blood cells and it’s not uncommon for it to return.
“Cheryl is fully aware of this and is determined that once she is fighting fit she will take all the precautions she needs.
“Having a nurse to watch over her 24-7 will ensure that if anything should happen she’ll be aware of it immediately. She can’t wait to get back to work but she realises that she has to be sensible.
“There’s talk of a Girls Aloud tour next year and the nurse will be like an extra member of the band.” Simon Cowell, 50, is determined she should be completely over the disease before she returns to work.
Oh Cheryl, don’t rush it, it actually breaks my heart to see her out of the house already for meetings. Get some more rest girl, as much as I’d LOVE for her to be a part of X Factor again, health comes first.