Cheryl Fernandez-Versini gets X Factor promotion

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has been promoted to executive producer on 'The X Factor'

Simon Cowell has promoted Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to executive producer on 'The X Factor'.

The music mogul welcomed his fellow judge back to the panel of the ITV show last year after a spectacular falling out when he fired her from the US version and, after putting their differences behind them, they are now a formidable creative team.

Cheryl told the Daily Star newspaper: "This year Simon wanted me more involved in the decision making. He wanted to know my ideas, what I thought, who I thought would be good. I get excited and blurt things out and then he'll say 'That's actually a really good idea.'

"We have creative moments together. We work really well off camera, just him and me in a meeting."

Simon added: "It's true. I naturally consult Cheryl more because she's been working with me for a long time.

"She's passionate about the show and isn't just in it for the cash. She's very involved and she's definitely happier than a year ago, much happier."

Simon previously revealed that he relied on Cheryl, 32, after his mother died recently.

The 55-year-old music mogul tragically lost his mother Julie last month after an illness and he has revealed his fellow 'X Factor' judge was a voice of reassurance for him as he dealt with the loss.

He said: "When you go through a tough time in your life you see who your real friends are. Cheryl was there, she was incredible - and that's the side that maybe she doesn't show to many people.

"But she is very compassionate and genuinely is a real friend. You don't get that very often in this business."

The new series of 'The X Factor' will launch on Saturday 29th August at 8pm on ITV.


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