Speculation is mounting in the press that Cheryl Cole could be joining BBC1’s X Factor rival The Voice as a judge.

According to the Mirror she is the Beeb’s top choice for the panel when the show – which has been a huge hit in the US and other countries – begins in early 2012.

And if she did, it would be seen as revenge for the Girls Aloud singer, who was ditched from the US X Factor just four days after auditions began.

“It’s going to be a big show – and Cheryl would be the icing on the cake,” a source told the paper.

“She is still lying low at the moment but there have been conversations with her management and things are moving forward. The BBC are hopeful she will commit.”

If Cheryl does sign up she could join a panel tipped to include the likes of Tom Jones and Florence Welch. Others who have been rumoured to be taking part in the show have included Robbie Williams and Adele.

The Voice features teams of singers – mentored by the judges – competing for a lucrative record contract, and is notable for its ‘blind’ auditions – where the panellists listen to the hopefuls with their backs turned, thus judging them entirely on the performance they hear.

“It’s a big, exciting, warm-hearted series and will be fantastic Saturday night viewing,” BBC1 boss Danny Cohen said on Friday when details of the series were officially announced.