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Cheryl Cole joins 'The X Factor'

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Cheryl Cole joins 'The X Factor'
Cheryl Cole has replaced Sharon Osbourne on The X Factor.

The Girls Aloud star will join Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue on the judging panel for the upcoming series of the ITV1 talent search.

She said: "I’m so excited to be part of such a great show and although it’s scary joining a huge programme like The X Factor, it’s a massive honour to be following in the footsteps of Sharon Osbourne.

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

John Kaye Cooper, ITV's controller of entertainment, said: "Cheryl is not only an amazingly successful, sassy and talented woman but, through her winning Popstars: The Rivals, has been through similar experiences to those hopefuls who want to take the X Factor crown."

Cole, 24, will join her fellow judges in London this week for the start of filming.

The X Factor returns to ITV1 later this summer.

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