Cheryl Cole 'Close' To Signing X Factor USA Deal
Despite landing her dream job, Chezza was apparently FIFTH on SiCo's list...
A source told the publication: "The powers-that-be originally wanted Rihanna, but she's touring and refused to cancel."
"Then they moved onto to Katy Perry, but she's also busy touring and had to say no."
The insider continued: "They also wanted Mariah Carey, but she planning to take it easy after she gives birth to her twins, who are due any day now."
It is thought that after RiRi, Perry and Mariah rejected Cowell's offer, US TV executives Nicki Minaj, who they preferred over Cole.
The mole explained: "Simon met with Nicki two weeks ago. He said she was 'the one they wanted'. She adores Simon and was flattered, but she turned him down flat."
"She isn't interested. Nicki's career is on the rise and she doesn't need this show the way someone like Cheryl does. Simon went back to Fox TV and said 'OK, now can I have Cheryl?' They agreed - but only on a trial basis."
They added: "Now Cheryl's pretty much confirmed as the new judge, she's delighted. She's upset she wasn't first choice, but knows this is the biggest opportunity of her life and isn't about to get petty over it."
In other Cheryl Cole news, the 27-year old is said to be planning a trip to Las Vegas with her boyfriend, Derek Hough, this August.
The Sun claims that Chezza and Dezza are going to see Hough's mum in Sin City, with a source telling the newspaper: "Cheryl's only been to Vegas once before and didn't get to spend much time there so she's really looking forward to it."
"She has already made a list of things she wants to do and said she wants to just be a 'tourist' and do all the tacky things people do there. She wants to see some shows and have a flutter on the roulette."