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Last Updated: Tuesday June 10 2008 18:25 GMT

Girls Aloud star joins X Factor

Cheryl Cole

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It's official - Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole WILL replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the next series of X Factor.

The 24-year-old will be joining Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue in the search for a new singing star.

Cheryl, who found fame on a similar reality TV show called Popstars: The Rivals, said it was scary, but also an honour to be joining the ITV1 show.

And she denied rumours that her new job means Girls Aloud are set to split, saying her bandmates support the move.

"The rest of the girls have said they're right behind me, which is really important for me as it will be weird to be on the other side of the fence this time," she said.

"So whilst we get started on the next album, it will be brilliant to be a judge on X Factor."

One person who should be happy is former judge Sharon Osbourne. Sharon quit the show last week after four series, but said on Monday that she'd love to see Cheryl take her place!