Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger said to be front-runner
‘Nicole blew Simon away,’ explains a source.
‘Her appearance was always being viewed as an “audition” for X Factor US, but no one expected her to be quite as good as she was.’
Cheryl, 27, had been tipped for a role on the new show.
It’s thought Simon, 50, has opted for Nicole because she is more well-known in the States.
But a spokeswoman insists nothing has been agreed yet.
‘Absolutely no decisions have been made about US X Factor yet,’ she tells the Sunday Mirror.
‘This is pure speculation at this stage.’
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