Simon Cowell's rival to sign up Cheryl Cole for American Idol?

Simon Cowell

Just when you thought Cheryl Cole's reality telly career is dead in the water, events have taken another turn today! According to The People, Simon Cowell's 'rival' Simon Fuller has been speaking to Cheryl and wants to relaunch her career on American Idol.

Simon Fuller is the creator of Pop Idol and successfully sued Simon Cowell in 2005 after he launched The X Factor, claiming it to be a rip-off of his show. Despite the lawsuit however both pairs agreed a deal which saw The X Factor continue while Pop Idol went off the air.

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While here in the UK Pop Idol is all but a distant memory, it's US version - American Idol - is doing well and is now in its tenth series.

Simon Cowell left the show last year to launch The X Factor along with Cheryl, but now having dumped the Girls Aloud star Fuller has reportedly seen a chance to get one over on his "arch-rival".

Insiders claim that fuller, who manages the likes of Lewis Hamilton and David Beckham, wants to launch Cheryl in the US and a slot on American Idol - which saw viewing figures INCREASE when Simon left - looks to be on the cards.

"Cole now feels she has found the right person to help her get her career back on track," the report says.

The pair have reportedly been in contact ever since Cheryl's axe was made public, with a meeting planned in the next couple of weeks.

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