X Factor 2013: Cheryl Cole gets multi-million offer (to join the US show)

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole is set to return to The X Factor, but it won't be our British version.

The Geordie singer has apparently been offered a spot on this year's latest USA season, despite being axed from the first series.

It was previously reported by the New York Post that Cheryl was in negotiations with producers to make a shock return to the series to help its less than impressive ratings.

Simon Cowell had wanted 20 million viewers for the American show when it kicked off back in 2011, but has had less than half that.

Cheryl was sacked from the panel after only two audition shows in the first season, replaced by Nicole Scherzinger who was also later given the axe before joining the UK show.

It’ll the third line up in as many seasons for the US show, with only Simon Cowell having remained on the panel.

Original host Steve Jones was ditched along with Nicole in the first year, and his replacements – Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian – could also be cut.

According to the Daily Mirror, Cheryl is set to scoop more than £1.1 million if she accepts the multi-year deal.

“This is a massive move from Simon. He’s going right out there and saying that he made a mistake in sacking her. After she was shunted off the show, TV critics in the US said in reviews that she was the best thing about the programme – and it seems for once that Simon was wrong," an insider told the newspaper.

They continued: “Over the past two seasons, the US X Factor hasn’t performed as Simon would have wanted – now it looks like Cheryl will be the savour.

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But of course, it's still very much speculation.

The supposed source added: "It’s going to be tough sell for Simon after the humiliation she originally suffered, but if he plays it right, it could happen and it would be a viewer’s dream."

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