Fox TV bosses reportedly approached 4 other stars first

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Cheryl Cole appears to have finally landed the US X Factor job – but Now‘s sources tell us it’s only because four other women turned it down!

According to our insiders, Simon Cowell, 51, only managed to get the Girls Aloud star on the panel because everyone else on the network bosses’ wish list of judges weren’t available.

‘The powers-that-be originally wanted Rihanna,’ reveals Now‘s mole. ‘But she’s touring and refused to cancel.

‘Then they moved on to Katy Perry, but she’s also busy touring and had to say no.

‘They also wanted Mariah Carey, but she’s planning to take it easy after she gives birth to her twins, who are due any day now.’

Even as late as last week, Fox TV bosses were reportedly in favour of giving Nicki Minaj, 26, the role over Cheryl, 27.

Simon met with Nicki two weeks ago,’ reveals our Stateside insider.

He said she was “the one they wanted”. She adores Simon and was flattered, but she turned him down flat. She isn’t interested…

Simon then went back to Fox TV and said: “OK, now can I have Cheryl?” They agreed – but only on a trial basis.’

Read the full story about Cheryl Cole in Now magazine dated 18 April 2011 – out now!

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