SKY NEWS: Cheryl Cole has been invited to return as a judge on the US version of The X Factor after a U-turn by TV executives, according to reports.
The News of the World claims bosses at Fox have decided not to sack the Girls Aloud singer from the programme after all. It is believed Simon Cowell intervened after being criticised for allowing her to be replaced after just four auditions.
Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger was due to step in as the fourth judge on the panel, alongside Paula Abdul, LA Reid and Cowell. But it is claimed she will now return to her original role as co-presenter alongside Welsh host Steve Jones.
Cole, 27, was reportedly dropped because auditionees were having problems understanding her Geordie accent and did not know who she was.
But after a public outcry in the UK over the way she appeared to have been treated, it seems Cowell may have wooed her back. The newspaper claims he is frantically sorting out a deal so Cole can rejoin the panel when auditions start again in New Jersey on Wednesday.
He has been in the UK for the final episodes of another of his programmes, Britain’s Got Talent.
The Sunday Mirror quotes a source close to Cowell as saying: “We have offered Cheryl a second chance and she might still come back to US X Factor.
“Fox have been re-examining the situation and have had a change of heart. After the debacle with the UK judging panel we have started negotiating with Cheryl’s camp and the ball is now in her court.”
TMZ also reported she could be back on the show due to contractual issues.