Cheryl Cole last night told of her joy at finally landing her dream job as a judge on American X Factor.
The singer ended months of speculation to confirm that she will be on the panel alongside record executive LA Reid and her sparring partner on the UK version of the show, Simon Cowell.
Cheryl told The Sun: “I’m so excited. I absolutely love finding new talent and helping them grow, so this is very exciting for me to take part in.
“It’s going be very different for me from our British version just because America is so huge and the age range on X Factor is going to open it up to age 12 to age 80.
“But talent is talent no matter where in the world you’re from. That’s one of the special things about it. Talent doesn’t have a class or an accent or a country, it’s a gift – and I love finding that in people.”
Chezza, 27, will start work on Sunday when the first auditions in front of judges will be filmed in Los Angeles.
And, despite fears US audiences may struggle to understand her Geordie accent, she isn’t worried.
She said: “So far I have only ever been complimented on my accent. “Americans are always really sweet about my accent and seem to find it intriguing, which I think is quite funny.