Cheryl Cole officially, finally, really, for real this time, seriously confirmed as X Factor judge

Fox announced today that pop singer Cheryl Cole will be a judge on its fall singing competition The X Factor, officially, finally confirming what was initially rumored seven months ago. She will join other judge L.A. Reid and executive producer Simon Cowell, who judged alongside Cheryl on the UK version of the show.

In a press release quote that actually sounds like it came from the person it’s attributed to, 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.”

Cheryl, who is a singer but not Paula “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” Cole, said in the press release, “I just can’t decide whether I am more excited to find and nurture the talent or for the unbelievable amount of amusement and entertainment I will have watching Simon doing everything and anything he can to beat me. He’s tried to beat me for three years in the U.K., and hasn’t even come close. His ego must be so bruised. America is gonna love this.”

This (almost) ends the endless speculation and reporting and rumor-mongering about the judges–almost because there is one judge spot open, unless the series will stick with three, as it did during the first two UK seasons. Most likely is that we have to wait for more rumors and reports until Fox finally confirms what Simon Cowell said last week: Paula Abdul will also judge the show.

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Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.