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Brits Debate Cheryl Cole Accent Factor

American TV viewers have long loved the sound of Simon Cowell‘s accented put-downs. But the British media aren’t so sure U.S. viewers might take as quickly to the Newcastle upon Tyne brogue of Cheryl Cole, hyped as a likely judge alongside Cowell this fall’s FOX’s redo of  The X Factor.

BBC reporter Jon Kelly suggests the last time a Newcastle accent this thick hit the American entertainment airwaves, it was in the form of Animals lead singer Eric Burdon. Sting and Bryan Ferry, he argues, have much milder versions of the regional twang. A fellow UK reporter offers up this perspective:

Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan, who served as a correspondent in Los Angeles for eight years, suggests that the issue is simply one of familiarity for most Americans. “Their reaction to Cheryl is not to be confused with prejudice – it’s purely logistical,” he says. “If you think of how a really extreme Glaswegian accent sounds in London, that’s what Cheryl Cole sounds like to an American.”

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Simon Cowell Eyes Cheryl Cole

Although it is not quite yet a done deal, The Guardian today strongly hints that Simon Cowell is planning to have his UK The X Factor colleague Cheryl Cole (pictured) join him on this side of the Altantic as well. Cowell’s eye for talent has of course generally been impeccable, but even for him, choosing an unknown-to-U.S.-audiences 27-year-old over other rumored TV judge candidates such as Lionel Richie and Jermaine Jackson is a bold move.

If Cole comes on board the Americanized X Factor edition, she will be following in the frequent private jet flier footsteps of not just Cowell but also Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who travel back and forth each week to appear in UK-U.S. sister programs. Separately, as a testament to the power of Google’s cache, word is that Cole will not be switching back to her maiden name in the wake of a divorce finalized last month.

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