A pal of Cheryl’s rumoured boyfriend Derek Hough told The Sun that US TV bosses are arguing with Simon Cowell over her appointment as judge, and would prefer a big American star guaranteed to pull in viewers.
The source said: “Everyone thinks Cheryl has the judging job on US X Factor in the bag.
“The truth is, nothing has been signed and the producers still aren’t convinced.
“They are more keen to get a big US star like Katy or Rihanna on the panel – someone who will bring credibility to the show and who is already popular in the US.”
It was reported last year that Cheryl had been offered a £3 million contract to join Simon on the US X Factor judging panel, and the 27-year-old singer further fuelled the rumours when she was spotted house-hunting in Los Angeles with Derek.
Fox TV’s Head of Entertainment Peter Rice also publicly praised her as a ‘terrific’ judge.
But it seems as though other Fox network bosses need convincing she can pull the same kind of viewing figures attracted by rival show American idol’s star-studded judging panel.
The source added: “Simon has been the only one pushing for her and trying to convince everyone that she’ll be a big hit.
“They want to see if the American public warm to her before she takes on such a high-profile role in one of the biggest shows on US TV.
“There have been lots of heated conversations and debates about it.”