Cheryl Cole has been given an easy ride for this year’s X Factor, Simon Cowell claimed yesterday.
The singer has been recovering in America after a bout of malaria.
And music mogul Cowell said Cheryl, 27, had been given an “easier” category to mentor because of her illness. She is thought to have been given the girls category in the TV talent show. Cowell added fellow judge Dannii Minogue, 38, had also been let off the hook, by being given talented singers in her group.
He told OK magazine: “I think the girls have been given an easier ride.
“They weren’t around and the producers gave them an easier category because of this. They have decent people to work with.”
Cheryl skipped the Manchester auditions and the crucial bootcamp rounds after collapsing with the disease at an X Factor photo shoot.
Simon added that Cheryl’s malaria had given everyone a scare.
He added: “When we got the all clear and she started to text me, I knew she was on the mend. Then the texts got increasingly grumpy and I knew she was getting back to her old self.”
Cowell said Cheryl was feeling much happier in LA and added: “It has been a difficult year for her but she copes with it really well.”