Simon Cowell has confessed he was "probably wrong" to try force Cheryl Cole to move from the new US X Factor to the UK show after just four audition shows. Speaking to blog Zap2It, Simon added he felt Cheryl would be "more comfortable" on the original UK series.
And it sounds as though Tulisa Contostavlos should count herself lucky she has a job this week, with Simon Cowell also revealing Cheryl Cole had initially agreed to return to the UK show after failing in the US.
Cheryl left the UK show earlier this year to move to new American version of the hit reality series with Cowell, but after filming just four audition shows Simon 'invited' her to return to her old job.
He said: “I worked with her for years in the UK and she was sensational!
"We shot a couple of days [in the US], and I just had a feeling -- and I was probably wrong - and I think she would disagree with this. And I thought she would be more comfortable on the U.K. show, and we spoke to her."
But while Simon admitted he was "probably wrong", he did say that Cheryl had originally agreed to the plan, seeming to confirm reports she was finding it hard to fit in with the different style of the show in the states.
"Initially she agreed to it, and we were way into a negotiation," Simon explained. "And it all went public and it all went horribly wrong.
"And she was offered to come back to the show. And she didn't want to go on that. It was one of those decisions you have to make as a producer."
The deal eventually fell through, with Cheryl and new manager will.i.am snubbing calls from Simon and ITV. On May 30, a new panel including Tulisa, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow was announced for the UK show.