HOLLYWOOD - The founder and CEO of 19th Hole Productions Simon Cowell is brimming with pride as he has finally signed fellow Britisher Cheryl Cole to appear as a judge on his new American version of the popular English show X-Factor.
The show is basically like American Idol with the exception that contestants can be as young as 12-years-old or as old as 102.
The winner will receive a $5 million record deal, plus a $1,000 gift certificate to McDonald's, three cases of Coke Zero, plus a personal extensive tour of Simon Cowell's Hollywood Hills mansion.
Cowell signed the deal while he and Ms. Cole were having breakfast at Beverly Hill's famed Mrs. Ponce De Leon Hotel where rooms start at $1,900 a night.
Tittle Tattle Tonight's Papaya Ruckusgarden, who was at the hotel conducting an interview with Betty White regarding her latest movie, Second Hand Smoke - The Story of Joan of Arc, was the first Hollywood reporter to get the X-Factor story.
Papaya spoke both with Cowell and Cole who were so elated that they did not notice that Chezza, as Cheryl is known in her native England, had gotten up off her chair and was actually sitting on Simon's lap.
Cole, who is involved in a relationship with Derek Hough of Dancing With The Stars quickly realized that she had gotten caught up in the moment and immediately got off Cowell's lap and sat back in her chair.
Ruckusgarden asked Simon how much Ms. Cole would be getting paid. He declined to answer saying that it was none of her business. When Cheryl was asked she happily replied that she had signed a one year contract for $16 million [£10 million U.K.].
She was asked what her boyfriend Derek had thought about the deal. She replied that he did not know yet. She tried calling him but he did not answer so she figured that he was probably out in his backyard busy practicing the Argentine tango, the Viennese waltz, or the rumba in his underwear as he does every morning.
Cheryl expressed the fact that she is thrilled and appreciative beyond belief to be living with her 'Dancing Dude' in his Hollywood Hills home Casa Cha Cha Cha.
In other news. Adam Lambert has stated for the record that contrary to rumors floating around Hollywood he has not been offered to play the lead role in the movie, Howdy Y'all - The George W. Bush Story.