Cheryl Cole's '£6m deal?'

So why did Cheryl Cole visit Los Angeles in the middle of the week?

Was it to see friend Derek Hough or was it to put the finishing touches to a £6 million.

Word is the X-Factor judge has landed a massive deal with Universal who told the singer she could be a big star in the US.

Cheryl got a call from some very senior people at Universal saying they wanted to see her, one insider told the Sun.

They are the kind of people who when they say, 'Jump', you ask, 'How high?'.

So she jumped on a plane and went to LA for 36 hours. Derek was there to ferry her to and fro and give her support as these big execs can be quite scary.

Cheryl's now back in London to help prepare her acts for this week's X-Factor show where the theme ironically is..American anthems.