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Cowell admits he got Cole move 'wrong'
Simon Cowell has confessed he bungled his
efforts to launch Cheryl Cole's career in the U.S., admitting he
was "wrong" to remove her from the judging panel on The X
Girls Aloud singer Cole hit headlines earlier
this year (11) when she exited the newly-launched U.S. version of
Cowell's hit TV show just days after it began shooting.
Cowell expected her to return to her former
role as a judge and mentor on the U.K. series - but Cole left the
franchise altogether, turning her back on Cowell.
Now he has revealed he hoped Cole's return to
Britain would have been "good" for her career, and admits he got
the decision wrong.
Cowell tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "There
were a few of us who made a decision when we were filming the show
that Cheryl we felt - and I probably got this wrong, and I'll admit
it - was going to be more comfortable doing the U.K. show than the
"I thought Cheryl returning to the U.K. would
have been a big headline. It would have been good for the show over
there, good for her.
"And, you know, when you have to make
decisions as a producer, you have to make hard decisions. And I'm
the first to admit if you get it wrong, you have to take it on the