Cheryl Cole shouldn't book her flights just yet

Despite Simon Cowell trying his very best to get pal Cheryl Cole on the judging panel for the launch of The US X Factor, producers are reportedly not so sure.

Though the Geordie beauty’s said to have bought a new LA pad to enjoy with new boyfriend Derek Hough during her time across the pond, her spot on the new show is under threat.

‘Everyone thinks Cheryl has the judging job on US X Factor in the bag,’ says a mate of Derek’s.

‘The truth is, nothing has been signed and the producers still aren’t convinced.

‘They are more keen to get a big US star like Katy [Perry] or Rihanna on the panel – someone who will bring credibility to the show and who is already popular in the US.’

With record-breaking superstar Rihanna, 22, and all-American favourite
Katy, 26, knocking on The
X Factor
door, Cheryl, 27, is fighting to keep hold of her American dream.

Simon has been the only one pushing for her and trying to convince everyone that she’ll be a big hit,’ the source tells The Sun.

‘They want to see if the American public warm to her before she takes on such a high-profile role in one of the biggest shows on US TV.

‘There have been lots of heated conversations and debates about it.’

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