Axed American X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has been asked to return to the US to film more footage for the show, it has been claimed today. According to Sunday tabloid The People, Fox bosses want Cheryl back in the states – but the Girls Aloud star doesn’t want to return!
Cheryl was axed from the show last month but still took part in four audition shows for the first ever US series, which is set to air in September. Simon Cowell previously revealed that the footage of Cheryl would stilll be aired, with the Geordie singer being introduced as a “guest judge” on the programme.
As part of her deal with US network FOX, which paid Cheryl’s full £1.5 million fee for just the four shows, she needs to return to the programme to film scenes to help the transition between her and Nicole Scherzinger as judge.
“She made no secret of the fact that she does not want to go – and agreed only because TV channel Fox bosses gave her no option,” a source said.
Cheryl was photographed last week sporting a new blonder hair cut as she visited the American Embassy to collect her works visa.
An insider explained: “She left it until the last possible day to collect her visa because she didn’t want to be spotted. Her visa has been sponsored by Fox television so there is no doubt that’s why she is going back.
“They need her to film some scenes in order to make her brief appearance on the panel make sense to the viewers”
The source added: “She really isn’t happy about it.”