Katherine Jenkins is to follow in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole after landing a role as a TV talent show judge.

The unnamed ITV primetime Saturday show will see established pop singers attempt to sing opera.

The job, could net Katherine, 29, a reported £100,000, and boost her profile as The X Factor has done for Girls Aloud star Cole.

Classically trained pianist and I’m a Celebrity… star Myleene Klass will host the programme.

An ITV spokeswoman denied that Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts and tenor Russell Watson were also being lined up to join the judging panel.

She said the show was being planned for 2010 and that details of other judges had yet to be finalised.

Mezzo-soprano Katherine was recently forced to cancel a London concert after needing hospital treatment for the Norovirus.

The blonde opera star already enjoys a wide profile beyond the world of classical music. She performed on The X Factor final in 2007 with then contestant Rhydian Roberts.