Wey-ay man. It looks like Cheryl Cole will be laughing all the way to the bank after bagging £1.4million in a settlement over her sacking from the US show.
We hear the settlement was rushed through this week because Simon Cowell is keen to start talks with her regarding next year’s UK show.
Just so you understand what we are saying here, Mr Cowell, having just paid her the equivalent of a lottery win in compensation, is about to offer her a job.
The new contract for next year’s UK show will be worth just under £2million to the singer. Not bad for a washed-up pop artist, eh?
The news that Cowell is desperate to bring Chezza back has all four current judges riled. Mrs O, in particular, is ‘seething’ at the news that the Girls Aloud hottie will be taking her chair.
A breathless insider told us:
“Sharon had so much fun this year that she would have come back next year and worked alongside Simon. But she knows now that Simon is dead-set on bringing back Cheryl and that is that. Sharon can’t and won’t work with her so that has ended her X Factor return as quickly as it has begun. She will concentrate on winning the series with Sam Bailey because she knows that Simon is not her biggest fan. That will be here parting shot over his bow.”
Back in studio and the acts have all been rehearsing like crazy as it’s the first week that this year’s contestants have to perform two songs. Luke Friend will take on Mumford and Sons’ I Will Wait, while Nicholas McDonald will risk the wrath of Gary and perform Take That’s Greatest Day.
X Factor favourite Sam Bailey will sing Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know, while favourite to go Tamera Foster will sing Rihanna’s We Found Love, hopefully the full version.
In a bizarre and rather boring move Rough Copy (above) will do a megamix of R Kelly’s She’s Got That Vibe and Bobby Brown’s Every Little Step.
The twist this week comes with the second song where the public pick the next track for each contestant, with the results to be revealed live on Saturday night.
All eyes for the second round will be on 16-year-old Tamera who has forgotten her lyrics two weeks in a row.
On Saturday night she will have to sing Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work or Emotion from The Bee Gees. Will she be able to learn four songs instead of one this week?
If she doesn’t she will have to get the boot. Tamera was booed on stage last week when she escaped the bottom two so we expect a public backlash this week.
Another botched performance will surely see her in the sing off, and not even Nicole’s pastor, who has been flown in to give Tamera some spiritual guidance, will save her from the taxi rank.
We know both Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow will vote her off if she is in the sing-off, regardless of her ‘save me’ song performance.
Tamera is 6/5 to face the next elimination followed very closely by Luke Friend at 6/4. But be warned, Rough Copy – who have all the charm and panache of a Tory Christmas party – have not set the world alight and were in last week’s sing-off.
Another average week for them could see them return to the relegation zone. They may be the one act that could save Tamera’s bacon and at 9/2 might be worth a punt this weekend.