Cheryl Cole has reportedly hired herself an X Factor mentor of her own in the form of US superstar Will.i.am, according to the News Of The World today. The Geordie pop singer, who came to fame as part of Girls Aloud in 2002, is set to take on the states with Will later this year.
The news follows reports earlier this week suggesting that Cheryl Cole had signed a deal for The X Factor USA. With the first audition dates with the judges just one week away, we're sure to know if she has the job this time next Sunday.
Speaking about her new manager, a source told the tabloid: "This is all about taking Cheryl's career to a whole new level. Will.i.am believes in her to the degree where he's prepared to stake his reputation on making her a success. He's going to be responsible for her career worldwide."
Will.i.am featured on last year's show helping Cheryl to pick her three finalists, before returning to the live shows to perform with his group the Black Eyed Peas and duet with Cher Lloyd.
However the news is bad for one person, Cole's former manager Hilary Shaw. "Hilary has been brilliant for Cheryl but the fact is she needed someone who was well-known in America to push things forward," the source explained.
Simon Cowell insisted last week that US bosses were "desperate" to sign Cheryl up for the US version of The X Factor. He said: "They absolutely fell in love with her. In a way the deal was almost conditional on Cheryl having the gig."
The first series of the American version is due to launch in the fall.
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