Cheryl Cole Courted For “The X Factor” America

Cheryl Cole could be heading Stateside to judge The X Factor. The Girls Aloud beauty is well on her way to signing a $2.2million deal with the US version of Simon Cowell’s popular UK talent show, according to new reports out of Britain.

She’s been laying low since announcing the bust-up of her marriage to soccer star Ashley Cole, but Cowell has apparently negotiated a deal for Cheryl with FOX executives, insisting that the 26-year-old singer is his “first choice” for the coveted judging role.

He reportedly told network bosses: “I took more of a gamble taking Piers Morgan to the States. Cheryl will be loved immediately. We’ve got to nail her down. Cole became a national TV icon after starring on the British version and now Cowell has big plans for her over the pond. Getting the right combination for the panel is imperative and Cheryl ticks all the boxes,” a source told The Daily Mirror.

So where does that leave Simon’s former fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul?