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“Listen, from her texts today she’s absolutely fine,” her fellow judge on the British show, Louis Walsh, told Cosmo U.K. Wednesday.
“She’s going to be fine. She’s tough on the inside… actually she’s tough on the inside and soft on the outside,” said Walsh while laughing.
“You have to be tough in this business. Cheryl has been through so much, she’s under public scrutiny whenever she goes out,” he added.
They did find one thing to joke about her short tenure on the show: her bright outfit (see left) that she wore to U.S. auditions, which Walsh has been taking jabs at to cheer her up: “I told her I’m not wearing purple flares or backcombing my hair. She has a good sense of humor so she laughed.”
Next plans for Cole?
“She’ll probably do a tour with Girls Aloud, she can do anything she wants. She’s young and she’s gorgeous. And I’ve nothing but good things to say about her,” said Walsh. “She has a great career, she loves music, she loves dance and she’s got Will.i.am, she can make great music.”
Walsh says he’ll miss her and Dannii Minogue on the judges’ table.
“We’re all going to miss the glam factor from Cheryl and Dannii – those two were like peacocks on a Saturday night,” he told Cosmo.
When asked if he’d bring her back, he said no: “I’d have Sharon Osbourne back, she was fun and feisty she would have been brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”
Cole’s thick accent, weight and low profile in the U.S. are have all been cited as reasons for the departure, but neither the star nor her reps have made any comment.
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