Cheryl Cole turned down X Factor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2010
Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole turned down the opportunity to become a judge on 'The X Factor' the first time music mogul Simon Cowell offered her the position

Cheryl Cole turned down 'The X Factor' the first time Simon Cowell offered her a position as a judge.

The 27-year-old singer - who is mentoring Rebecca Ferguson, Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and Treyc Cohen in the ITV1 show - has revealed she told the music mogul she wouldn't accept the 'X Factor' job "for all the tea in China".

She said: "When Simon first asked me to do 'The X Factor', I said, 'Never for all the tea in China will I do 'The X Factor''. That's exactly the words I said to him, and he went, 'You will, and I'll see you in a year's time'.

"I really didn't want to do it. I didn't want to be the person that stops people and says, 'No, you can't'. But then I realised that the people I do put through, I can really help."

The 'Fight for This Love' hitmaker - who has won the past two series of the show with her acts Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry - admitted while she thinks Simon is "threatened" by her success, she does rely on his professional opinion.

Cheryl added to X Magazine: "I couldn't do this show without Simon, if I'm completely honest. I know we have our differences and we have arguments, because it's the nature of what we do, but maybe I do threaten him slightly. Because I've won twice.

"He's like a mentor for me. I often rely on his opinion for things, which might not be such a good thing because we're supposed to be in competition. But at the same time, he's been in the business, like, 30 years? He's smart. It's his show."

Meanwhile, fans of the show can try out their own singing skills on the new 'X Factor' game.

The karaoke-style software is available for Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation3 and allows players the chance to perform their own renditions of classic songs from the likes of U2, Lady Gaga and Pixie Lott as they progress through the famous stages of the competition, including Boot Camp, Judges' Homes and the live shows.

'The X Factor' game goes on sale in the UK on October 29 but can be previewed at


Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.

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