She reckons the Girls Aloud star is perfect for the job

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Sharon Osbourne wants Cheryl Cole to become the new judge on The X Factor.

The Girls Aloud star and Spice Girl Mel B are currently the frontrunners to replace her on the show.

‘I’d like to see Cheryl. It will be interesting and take the show to a different place,’ she says.

Sharon, 55, quit the ITV programme last week in a dispute over pay.

‘Yes, I asked for a ridiculous amount of money and they offered me an obscene amount,’ she tells the Daily Mirror.

‘It is all ridiculous in this industry, we are all overpaid. We all get paid too bloody much, that is why we are all drama queens.’

Auditions for the new series start this Thursday, so Cheryl, 24, would have to start immediately.