Fox’s X Factor may take judge, host from UK version, which will break next year

When The X Factor debuts in the US next fall on Fox, it may look a lot like the UK version, as its host, Dermot O’Leary, and one of its judges, Cheryl Cole, are both reportedly heading for the Fox version. And the UK version won’t air next year because judge and producer Simon Cowell doesn’t want to divide his attention.

“At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year – and not one in England. I have a contract for this year and that is it,” Simon told The Sun after reports said the UK version would skip 2011, because the production schedules for both would overlap. “I am going to sit it out for a few more weeks before I make a final decision. And it has to be fun. The minute it stops being fun, bye bye.”

Meanwhile, News of the World reported that UK judge Cheryl Cole “is being lined up as a judge on the brand new American X Factor alongside close pal Simon Cowell — and to focus on her music career.” An anonymous source told the paper, “She wouldn’t have the time to do both of the X Factors plus release new songs — and she’s got her heart set on America where Derek lives.” That boyfriend is Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough.

Also joining her will be the show’s host, Dermot O’Leary, who is “ready to sign on the line after being told his wife-to-be is joining the show too,” Daily Star reported, noting that his fiance “Dee Koppang, who worked on ­American Idol, is also ready to sign up as one of the backroom chiefs.”

Cowell: I’m Going to quit X Factor [The Sun]
Cheryl wants to ditch X Factor too [News of the World]
Dermot O’Leary to Star in X Factor US [Daily Star]

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