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Cheryl Cole confirmed as 'X-Factor' judge

May 5, 2011 |  9:13 am

Cole It was a slightly unsurprising announcement: British pop singer Cheryl Cole will be a judge on Simon Cowell’s "The X Factor,” Fox announced Thursday.

Cole, who’s been a judge on the British version of "The X Factor," seems to be really excited about the gig.

"I'm so excited to be taking part in the American version of 'The X Factor,' ” she said in a statement. “I absolutely love it here in the U.K., and with the talent they have out in America, I'm sure we're going to find someone very special. I can't wait to get started. I just can't decide whether I am more excited to find and nurture the talent or for the unbelievable amount of amusement and entertainment I will have watching Simon doing everything and anything he can to beat me. He's tried to beat me for three years in the U.K., and hasn't even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this."

The news was somewhat expected as murmurings of Cole joining the import have been swirling for weeks. Cole joins former Def Jam executive LA Reid at the judge's table; there will be a fouth judge named soon, and speculation has been focused on Cowell's former "American Idol" costar Paula Abdul.

ShowTrackers, what do you think of Cole? Do you think Abdul is likely to join the group? 

-- Yvonne Villarreal

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