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Sharon backs Cheryl for X Factor
Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne has never mentored a winning act

Former Spice Girl Mel B and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole have both been approached to be a judge on X Factor.

Sharon Osbourne, who's leaving the show, told Radio 1's Chris Moyles that she'd heard producers had approached the pair to fill her spot.

She gave Cheryl Cole her personal backing and said she felt the time was right to leave the ITV1 show.

She said: "I loved it. They were the best four years of my life but I've got to do something else right now."

There may be problems with Cheryl Cole taking over from Sharon Osbourne though.

She announced that Girls Aloud had started recording a new album at a concert in London recently.

'No cash issue'

Sharon denied she was leaving the show because she hadn't been offered enough money to stay.

She said: "We were negotiating and they offered me an obscene amount of money. It didn't change anything. I had to walk away when I did."

Sharon Osbourne did the interview in bed from her house in Los Angeles and talked to Chris Moyles with husband Ozzy next to her.

"I love the show, I love everybody there, the producers, Simon [Cowell] but it's just time to move on," she added.

Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue will continue as judges on the show with Simon Cowell.

The wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne announced she was stepping down last week after four series and has never mentored a winning act on the show.

There had been speculation about the 55-year-old quitting the show over back-stage clashes.

In October, she walked out of one episode of the X Factor after two of her three acts found themselves in the bottom two of the show.

She's now working in the US on America's Got Talent but is coming back to the UK for Elton John's Aids charity event in the summer.



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