L.A. Reid Announces Cheryl Cole as New 'X Factor' JudgeCheryl Cole has the X factor -- so much so that she has signed on as the newest judge of the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's hit reality competition show.

According to 'X Factor' judge L.A. Reid, former Girls Aloud singer Cole will join him and Cowell to weed out hopefuls in search of America's most talented performers.

"We're gonna compete against 'American Idol' just fine," says Reid. "I'm very confident. But along with Simon Cowell and Cheryl, I don't know who the other judge is."