Cheryl Cole reaches settlement over US X Factor sacking

30-year-old was not the first North East native to leave US viewers baffled with her accent

Granted it was a far cry from Received Pronunciation, but Cheryl Cole did not greet US viewers with a lusty: “Wey-ay! welcome to the X Factor!”

But the 30-year-old’s broad Geordie bray was too much for US executives plotting the X Factor’s rise across the Atlantic.  And yesterday, more than two years after the former Girls Aloud singer was unceremoniously sacked from the show and replaced with a home-grown presenter, Cole was awarded an undisclosed amount by its producers.

Cole, for her part, was confident her accent would not stand in the way of American viewers warming to her. Speaking to reporters in May 2011 on her first day on the show, she said US viewers “can always understand me” adding audiences would eventually “get used to it”.

But executives were taking no chances and she was sacked after filming just one episode. Cole subsequently sued the show’s producers Blue Orbit for $2.3million (£1.4m) for loss of earnings.

What little footage of Ms Cole’s limited screen time to make it to air left critics confused, some did praise her “fabulous Geordie accent”.

According to papers filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Cole was on a “pay or play” deal where salary is payable, even if he or she is let go. The pop singer claimed not to have received money for expenses, including a $100,000 wardrobe account. A spokesman for Ms Cole said the case had been “resulted amicably” while Blue Orbit did not comment last night.

Cole’s was not the first North East native to leave US viewers baffled. During Ant and Dec’s short-lived stint as presenters on the US game show Wanna Bet, filmed in 2007, producers reportedly secured an interpreter to press a button each time he feared Ant or Dec gave an utterance that would baffle audiences.

While Cole, Ant and Dec’s broad Geordie bray may have caused US executives consternation, some British stars have prospered despite their accents in films.  Sir Sean Connery is perhaps the most notable.

Despite sporting what has been voted the worst movie accent of all time, as Irish cop Jim Malone in 1987’s The Untouchables, Connery, the noticeably Scots James Bond, has seen his star continue to rise.

Whether playing a Russian sub captain in The Hunt for Red October or even an English King – in First Knight and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – viewers are assured Connery will perform with a familiar Highland baritone.

Perhaps the X Factor’s producers were fearful of Cole’s effect on accents across the US. Studies have showed that Glasgow-based viewers of Eastenders were found to have been “picking up Cockney dialect” through a steady diet of viewing the goings on at Albert Square.

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
scotland decidesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping the First Minister up at night?
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Life and Style
techApple has just launched its latest mobile operating software – so what should you do first?
News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmSo what makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes the hobby look 'dysfunctional', they say
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Maths Teacher

£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...

Maths Teacher

£90 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Science Teacher (mater...

Maths Teacher

£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for an ...

Maths Teacher

£22000 - £37000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: A West Yorkshire School i...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week