Cheryl Cole: 'Accepting UK X Factor would be 'going backwards'

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole thought accepting a role on the UK 'X Factor' would be ''going backwards'', according to Louis Walsh.

Cheryl Cole thought accepting a role on the UK 'X Factor' would be "going backwards".

Current judge Louis Walsh - who joins Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow on the panel of the ITV1 show - explained the "sensitive" star decided not to take up music mogul Simon Cowell's offer of a place on the UK series after being axed from the Stateside version.

He said: "I thought it would work for her in America. It wasn't anyone's fault it didn't. It's a different planet and she's not as tough as people think. She's tough on the outside, but sensitive on the inside.

"She didn't take up the offer to come back to the UK panel because she probably didn't want to go backwards."

Louis also revealed the Geordie beauty is looking for her life to "settle down" in the wake of her hiring and subsequent firing from the US version of the talent show.

He added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "I know she wants to do music, she wants to dance. I'm sure she wants to settle her life down, she's been working hard for the past ten years.

"I text her, saying, 'They're going to ask me what am I looking for in the contestants this year'. She replied, 'Tell them you're looking for a new Cheryl Cole'. We had a good laugh about that."


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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