Despite her commitments to the ITV reality show, she made a 36-hour trip to Los Angeles this month, after a last-minute call from the U.S. arm of record firm Universal. It is said that she is close to signing a U.S. record contract with the company.
“Cheryl is hot property and breaking America is the next obvious step in her career, whether she does The X Factor or not," the Daily Mail quoted a show source as saying. She had been thinking of making this her last series of the ITV show so she could concentrate on starting a family with her husband Ashley, before they divorced, it was thought.
Last night, a source close to Cole said: “We have not yet started talking about the next series." Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is still keen to give Cheryl a judging role on the U.S. series of The X Factor, which will launch next year. Bosses from Fox network, which will screen the show, flew to Britain last week to watch the show live for the second time this series – and to scout Cole.
Simon adores Cheryl and has told friends it is a “good bet" she will be joining him, but he has to persuade the Fox executives."