It's not even been 24 hours since the BBC confirmed it was set to air The Voice here in the UK, but already former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has been linked to the role. According to The Mirror, Girls Aloud star Cheryl is currently the "number one choice" to head up the judging panel.
The Geordie star sat on The X Factor panel in the UK for three years before moving to the new US version last month. After only four audition shows however she was given the boot - but is already planning a big come back on the BBC.
Other stars linked to the role include Welsh crooner Tom Jones and pop star Florence Welch.
A source told the newspaper: “It’s going to be a big show – and Cheryl would be the icing on the cake. She is still lying low at the moment, but there have been conversations with her management and things are moving forward. The BBC are hopeful she will commit.”
Cheryl's former X Factor boss Simon Cowell meanwhile gave his blessing to seeing Cheryl on the show.“I would encourage her to do that,” he said. “I am not that precious that I don’t welcome competition.”
Speaking about the potential line up for the show, BBC One boss Danny Cohen said today: "In terms of judges, we want a real range of musical styles, that is something they have done well in the States. I wouldn’t like to compare the show to The X Factor, it is just a big new show for the BBC. And we will work hard to avoid our show clashing with The X Factor on ITV."