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Last Updated: Thursday May 05 2011 13:23 GMT

Cheryl Cole will judge US X Factor, says Simon Cowell

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole has been confirmed as one of the judges in the US version of The X Factor.

Simon Cowell's production company confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the Girls Aloud star will appear alongside him on the show.

Exactly what this means for The X Factor in the UK isn't yet clear, but Cheryl and Simon probably won't have the same level of involvement.

After the announcement Cheryl said: "I can't wait to get started!"

Cheryl has been a judge for three years on the UK version. She's a massive star over here but is not very well known in America.

Simon said: "I'm thrilled for Cheryl. She is massively excited about this show, and has been fantastic to work with.

"She is also a complete brat. Most importantly, this girl can spot talent."