Simon Cowell believes Cheryl Cole may win ‘The X Factor for a third time because of the strength of the girls category.
The music mogul believes the Girls Aloud star will win the pop star search show for the third year in a row because of the strength of her group, which includes hip-hop lover Cher Lloyd and Zimbabwe-born Gamu Nhengu.
Discussing this year’s acts, Simon said: “In terms of what I’ve seen so far, particularly in the girls category, it should be a stronger year.”
Cheryl has also revealed her delight at being given the category, saying: “I am going for the hat-trick.”
The boot camp show which aired last night (26.09.10) saw all of the judges receive their categories – in addition to Cheryl’s girls, Simon received the groups, Louis the over-28s, while Dannii will mentor the boys, in a move she admitted she “wasn’t expecting”.
In addition to Gamu and Cher, Cheryl also has young mum Rebecca Ferguson and eccentric blonde Katie Waissel in her eight acts, which will go through to the judges’ houses section of the show.
In Dannii’s boys category are 18-year-old Aiden Grimshaw, builder Matt Cardle and Italian-born Nicolo Festa.
Simon’s groups include two newly formed bands, Belle Amie and 1 Direction – made up of people who initially auditioned in the girls and boys categories respectively – boy band Princes and Rogues and the Pussycat Dolls-inspired Husstle.
In the over-28s category are supermarket worker Mary Byrne, camp Scotsman Stephen Hunter and Storm Lee – who divided opinion on the judging panel at the audition stage of the show because of his cocky style.