SAY WHAT? Simon’s (right) pick for judge on his new show, Cheryl (left), has a dialect difficult to decipher. (Reuters)

Meet Cheryl — she’s British, 27, and Simon, who has handpicked her to be one of his fellow judges on the “X Factor” this fall, reckons she be the next big British star to break America. There’s just one problem — will anyone be able to understand her?

Because for all Cheryl’s attributes — her pop-star background, her bodacious appearance, her ability to deliver more homespun wisdom than Martha Stew art at a town-hall bake — her mangled pronunciation of the English language makes Mick Jagger sound like a BBC presenter.

Cheryl hails from a city in the north of England called Newcastle, where residents speak a unique version of English known as “Geordie.” In Geordie, a ghost is a “boggle,” the behind is “ahint” and “pet” is used as a term of endearment. Cheryl, like all Geordies, also has the odd habit of ending her sentences with the word “but,” even when there is nothing further to and nothing negative intended. So, “She’s a nice girl, but,” actually means, “She’s a nice girl.”

Which is how British audiences see Cheryl — a nice girl but.

After a childhood spent on the show-biz circuit as a singer, dancer and beauty queen in Newcastle, Cheryl gained national attention in 2002 when, at the age of 18, she won a TV talent show as part of a band called Girls Aloud. By the time the band stopped together (they never formally split up) in 2009, they had sold more than 10 million, making Cheryl, who went on to solo albums, one of the most successful performers of her generation.

Cheryl’s personal life was less smooth. In 2006, she married her boyfriend, soccer player Ashley, but in January 2008, the first of what would prove to be a string of his extramarital dalliances was reported when a hairdresser and then a model alleged they had sex with him. Cheryl was devastated and stopped wearing her wedding ring. But then, in November 2009, a seemed in the cards when she tweeted a picture of herself wearing the ring with the message; “Three words: Diamonds are forever.”

The happy ending was not to be. In February last year, news broke that her husband — who was earlier this year investigated by the police after shooting a kid with a high-powered BB gun — had cheated on her with another five women. ended the relationship immediately, and, in May last year, she filed for divorce. She has to use the surname, however, saying that changing it back to her maiden name, Tweedy, would make her seem “ashamed” of her marriage.

In 2008, had replaced Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the British version of the “X Factor.” The extraordinary on-screen chemistry between her and “X Factor” ringmaster and is part of the reason he’s bringing her here. They are the ultimate reality-TV good duo — if Simon slammed a performer, Cheryl would tell them to have another go. If Simon said a singer was an embarrassment, Cheryl would over like a mother hen, telling them, “I’m so proood of you.”

And, of, there’s that accent — which has prompted a parody Twitter feed called “Cheryl Kerl.”

The latest tweet: “Bein called Cheryl on #xfactorusa so Ah’m jus leik utha top singil-name awtists. Yerz kna, Meatlerf.”

(Allow us to translate: ‘I’m being called Cheryl on #xfactorusa so I’m just like other top single-name artists. You know, Meatloaf.”)

To make sure Americans don’t need a translator, Cheryl is being given elocution lessons. And she’s reportedly been told to stop using the word “babe” for women. Meanwhile, she’s picking up some American lingo from her new boyfriend, Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars.”

We’ll just have to see if it all pays off. Reet pet?



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The new X Factor judge talks openly about their fallout - and Simon (gasp!) admits he was in the wrong


The new X Factor judge talks openly about their fallout - and Simon (gasp!) admits he was in the wrong

Cheryl made waves yesterday when she that she"s joining Simon in returning to The X Factor.Bạn đang xem: Cheryl cole và simon cowell

The reason people were so surprised - and intrigued - by the news is because the former Girls Aloud singer was famously sacked by Simon just weeks after starting her gig on the US X Factor in 2011. (The network reportedly thought American viewers"t understand Cheryl"s Geordie accent.)

Needless to say, the two weren"t exactly on the best terms after her firing. So what made Cheryl decide to reunite with the man who let her go?

"There"s only so much begging one can take," Cheryl, 30, joked in an interview with Daybreak this morning. "It"s not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."


But it seems like the real reason she agreed (other than the hefty paycheck!) is that Simon, 54, seems genuinely remorseful about the situation.

"I"ve done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way," Simon said. "I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I"m sorry - and I was sorry. And then when I decided to back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

So the pair may be on good terms now - but that"s not to say Cheryl didn"t have her revenge.

During the interview, she the tale of how she hired a plane to fly a birthday banner over Simon"s Miami home in 2012, which read: "Simon is 52 today! Ha ha ha! Love Cheryl xoxo."

So how did Simon respond? Apparently he sent her message saying, " you."

So who will be joining the bickering twosome at the judges" table this year? First off, Simon says you can ignore the rumours.

"I"m reading reports that we"ve offered the job to people and they"ve turned it down - it"s rubbish," he says.

All we know for sure at this point is that the fourth judge (to join Simon, Cheryl and veteran judge Louis Walsh) will be someone they both like.

"We did agree that we"d agree together," Simon explained. "Because I"m not going to put somebody next to her who she hates."

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