Will.i.am will have Cheryl Cole perform on X Factor rival The Voice

Posted by Dean Piper On February 5th, 2012

Cheryl Cole is set to give her former mentor Simon Cowell a huge kick in the teeth by performing on bitter rival talent show The Voice.
Everybody’s favourite Geordie star is being lined up to sing on the BBC’s flagship programme, which goes head-to-head with Britain’s Got Talent in a colossal ratings battle this spring.
And Will.i.am tells me exclusively that he’s thrilled to be annoying the big dawg himself Simon Cowell in the process. He revealed: “I want her on the Voice. I mean why not? That would really piss the big man off wouldn’t it.
“This is her year by the way – Cheryl is back! You all gonna love her new music – it’s on it, on the money, she’s hot right now.”
I’m told her Black Eyed Peas manager – who is on The Voice’s celebrity judging panel – will help to make the arrangements for what will be a show-stopping, comeback performance.
The move will no doubt infuriate Cowell, 52, who has already said he believes the Beeb have ‘declared war’ on him and ITV by pitting their show directly against BGT in the TV schedules.
Speaking recently Cowell said: “It is 100 per cent a deceleration of war. They launched The Voice because they don’t like BGT and X Factor being successful.”
And Cheryl’s appearance on the BBC will really hurt him as – despite their fall-out after her sacking from US X Factor – he still feels he was the one who gave the Fight For This Love singer her big break. He even wanted her to return to the show after her ill-feted appearance on the American version of X Factor – but despite Cheryl wanting to return, Will.i.am blocked the move.
“Simon had verbally agreed for Cheryl to return to the UK version of the show and she was all for it,” says my source. “But Will.i.am blocked it and wouldn’t let Cheryl call Simon and the production team.
“He essentially blocked her returning to the show she was loved for. Simon and all the producers were gutted she couldn’t come back.”
The US rapper fanned the flames even more last week when he belittled the ITV1 show, saying: “Cheryl won’t do X Factor. Why does she need it?”
Last night a TV source said: “Cheryl has been working on new material for months. She is determined to relaunch herself as a credible artist and The Voice will be the perfect platform to showcase her latest
“The fact her manager is on the judging panel means it’s an absolute no-brainer for her.”
The BBC paid huge sums to form a celebrity panel including Will.i.am, Tom Jones, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue from The Script.
I went down to see the show recently and I’m genuinely excited for it. It works. It’s fresh. And there’s genuine talent. Thank God.

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