Cheryl Cole has a secret weapon to win The X Factor – her Black Eyed Peas pal Will.I.Am,
Will, 35, has flown into the UK to help Cheryl with the judges’ houses stage of this year’s contest. She has enlisted him for advice on which acts to put through to the live show in her category.
And speaking just before helping her decide he told us: “I was in America but flew over for Cheryl. I wouldn’t miss this for the world.
I think Cheryl has a good chance of winning again this year. A couple of her acts are very good.”
Cheryl, 27, had tried to get her dancing buddy Derek Hough involved. But sources say Simon Cowell prefers Will’s greater star power. He is still worried about Cheryl’s comeback after malaria.
He told us: “Cheryl acts like she’s back 100% but you never know until you’re touring.
“She hasn’t done that yet.”