Tuesday 26 September 2017

Howay outta US, Cheryl

Sarah Caden

THERE was a moment there when you could have imagined that in all The X Factor comings and goings, Louis Walsh was being left behind.

While Simon Cowell embarked on a mission of international-entertainment domination and Dannii Minogue juggled Australia's Got Talent as well as the UK gig, and Cheryl Cole decided that being Britain's sweetheart wasn't enough and that she wanted the States to fall at her feet, Louis just sat tight. Once, his lack of moving onwards and upwards might have been interpreted as a lack of ambition; now, how- ever, he seems like the canny one.

Last week, amid mutterings that the chemistry in general is lacking among the judges on the US X Factor, Cole was, according to some reports, dropped from the line-up on account of her accent. Not because of the Dolly Parton-style big hair she has adopted since arriving in the US and not because of her increasingly dodgy dress sense, but because of something she hasn't altered, and probably shouldn't. Part of Cheryl's charm on The X Factor was her Newcastle accent; it was the quirk that saved her from being too, too polished and made her likeable. In the US, however, all it makes her is unintelligible. And unemployed.

It's all a bit humiliating. Not only did poor Cheryl up sticks and bring her little dogs and her little mum out to LA, but she really wore her heart and her ambition on her sleeve and has got a bit of a pounding for it back home in Britain. She's been slagged for her huge hair and colour-blocking efforts, compared unfavourably with her rather older fellow judge, Paula Abdul, and even her closeness with Cowell seemed to have lost its glow. He had nothing to do with her departure, sources insist, but it remains the case that the show goes on for him, while Cheryl's simply heading home and hoping that Louis will welcome her back beside him in the UK. Yes, suddenly Louis seems the smartest of the lot. Long may it stay that way.

Sarah Caden

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