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8 November 2011, 00:01
The Girls Aloud singer speaks for the first time since she lost The X Factor job.
Cheryl Cole has revealed that she turned down the opportunity to be a judge on Britain's Got Talent.
The Girls Aloud star was offered the position by Simon Cowell before she eventually took up her role on The X Factor judging panel.
Cheryl later left the UK edition of The X Factor to assume the same role on The X Factor USA earlier this year, but was sacked just days after she started.
In her first interview since she lost the job, Cheryl told InStyle that Simon originally approached her about Britain's Got Talent.
"The X Factor just happened, really. Simon had previously asked me to do Britain's Got Talent and I'd kind of said yes, then said no at the last minute and dropped them in it," she said.
"Simon said to me at the time, 'Shame, as I was going to ask you to do The X Factor'. I told him, 'Never'. Then it came up again and I was like, 'Okay, I'll do it'."
Cheryl also admitted that The X Factor had changed radically from when she first appeared on the programme, and was now more than just a singing contest.
"X Factor wasn't like that to begin with – it was Sharon Osbourne, it was Louis Walsh… it wasn't about any of that," she said, referring to the show's power in the fashion world.
To read the feature in full feature, see the December issue of InStyle, which goes on sale Thursday (10th November).