Cheryl goes solo for US X Factor debut
Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell left British singer Cheryl Cole to arrive alone for the first judging panel of the upcoming US version of reality television show 'The X Factor'.
Abdul and Cowell posed together for press and fans in Los Angeles, California, yesterday after it was confirmed that Abdul would be a judge on the show, ending weeks of speculation.
Abdul, whose candid relationship with Cowell on 'American Idol' helped boost ratings for show until her departure in 2009, said she was thrilled and excited to continue working with Cowell and to begin a new project.
"I'm still learning about how the format works, but we are placed in a way that we compete with each other, which is interesting," Abdul said.
"I'm excited to be getting into that mentoring aspect, that's really my passion.
"That's what I've done for over 20 years," she added.
With Abdul and Cowell's obvious chemistry, Cole and record producer LA Reid will have their work cut out to make their mark on the judging panel.
After reports of potential tension between Cole and Abdul, the two seemed to get on well as the show of the first auditions was taped.
Abdul later posted a picture on Twitter of the two cosying up after the show.
Cole also dismissed concerns that US viewers may struggle to understand her accent, insisting that audiences will get used to it.
There had been fears that her strong Geordie twang could prove too difficult for a US audience.
But she said: "I think that it's going to be something that people get used to.
"And I'm proud of my accent."
The anticipated American version of the popular UK show is due to air this autumn.
Meanwhile, it also emerged yesterday that Take That star Gary Barlow has been "confirmed" as a judge on the new series of 'The X Factor' to be shown in Britain.
The singer will take the place of Simon Cowell. Last night Cowell said: "Gary Barlow is the first person confirmed."