Cheryl Cole has declared her accent will be no problem for American audiences watching the US X Factor – and said viewers will get used to it.
There had been fears that her strong Geordie twang could prove too difficult for a new audience in the States.
But, as the show’s newly-appointed judge attended her first audition in Los Angeles, she said she wasn’t worried about the issue.
The Girls Aloud star said: “Americans can always understand me. I’ve been here a lot, I’ve got a lot of American friends and we have the odd moments where they’re like ‘What? – What did that mean?’ – you know, a phrase. But I think that it’s going to be something that people get used to. And I’m proud of my accent.”
Cheryl’s place was confirmed just last week after months of speculation about whether she would land the role on the US version of the show which TV supremo Simon Cowell is launching in the autumn.
Simon joked on Sunday that Cheryl could mime to someone else’s voice to get round any accent problems.
“We could do it like Singing In The Rain – just have someone behind a wall just talking and she’s got to lip-sync the whole show.”
Cheryl admitted it was ‘scary’ to be involved in launching the show in the US.
“It’s been a big commitment for me because I’ve kind of stepped out of my comfort zone and left the UK.”
Her commitment to the new show means she has had to quit the UK version of the programme. “I’m going to miss it like crazy. I’ll be keeping one eye on it, making sure everyone is OK,” she said.