Simon Cowell has insisted that he will scrap plans for the US X Factor unless he is allowed to give Cheryl Cole a job on the judging panel, says a report.
TV executives for the Fox network are not convinced that Cheryl will be a hit with American viewers on the planned show.
Sources told the Daily Star Sunday that they believe that the Girls Aloud singer is “too much of an unknown quantity” in the US.
The insider told the newspaper that Cowell is a loggerheads with his colleagues in Los Angeles.
The show source said: “Simon is clashing heads with US producers who don’t want Cheryl on board.
“Bosses are convinced the show needs big US stars to compete with the star-studded line-up of American Idol.
“The American public don’t know who Cheryl is and just `being a good friend of Simon’s from some unknown girlband’ isn’t cutting it.”
The source added: “Simon’s had some heated phone calls with the producers. He thinks Cheryl is perfect for the role.”