With just days to go until The X Factor returns to our screens, Geordie Judge Cheryl Cole chats about the upcoming series. Revealing taking part in the London auditions with Simon and Louis was like being inbetween “Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee”, Cole says saying no hasn’t got any easier. Read on for the full chat!
What do you look for in the contestants?
The best people that walk on stage are always the people that know what they want to be and already know what style of music they want, and have an image. That’s always when I know I’ve got something good to work with. All I’m looking for is somebody
that is new, that is unique, that is different, that you look at and think, ‘you have got it, you’ve got the X Factor’.
Does it get any easier saying ‘No’ to auditionees?
No, it doesn’t get easier. These kids have been preparing and rehearsing at home, and this day is like the biggest day of their lives. It’s horrible. You can see their faces and they’re saying ‘Please’ to you sometimes. I just have to keep telling myself it’s
not fair to patronise them, to keep something alive that’s not working. That’s one of the hardest parts actually, because there is always someone there that reminds you that this is their dream and it’s a big deal for them. Those few minutes are massive,
and telling them ‘No’ is tough.
Every time you start a new audition, do you always think this could be the place where you might find the winner?
You never know where you’re going to find just that one person who could be the potential winner, so it’s always exciting when you start at a new place. Even though sometimes the days are really long and you think there’s just nobody, there’s always that one
person who pops out and you think, ‘I’ve found a star today’. And it’s exciting when you start a new day, because you just hope this is the day you find that one person you need.
How have you found siting alongside the guest judges this year?
It’s exciting having guest judges, actually more exciting because everybody sees things through fresh eyes and they give you a new buzz. You see new things and it’s just nice to have somebody different on the panel.
And with Dannii being away for auditions, it’s probably nice to still have some fellow females?
It’s lovely for me that there are other women on the panel because I couldn’t be sitting between those two miserable so and so’s on my own! I love having other women with us. I don’t think I could cope with three men on the panel. Three male opinions, it
would just drive me nuts!
At the London auditions, it was you on your own with Simon and Louis. How was that?