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She’s allegedly dating Dancing with the Stars blond Derek Hough, and she’s collaborated with Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am. However, most Americans still haven’t had a compelling reason to know who the hell Cheryl Cole is.

That is, until now. Get ready for the Cherylanche, America.

In the UK, she’s a superstar: she’s a longtime member of Girls Aloud, who supplanted The Spice Girls as Britain’s biggest girl group in the 2000s. And she’s a popular panelist on Simon Cowell‘s X Factor, the UK talent show Cowell will bring to the States next year.

It is assumed that Cowell bring along the gorgeous and appealing Cole to judge the U.S. X Factor, but that means Ms. Thing needs to work on building a profile here.

Simon has offered Cheryl a place to stay at his L.A. mansion, and she’s reportedly taking meetings and making some bold moves to conquer the Yanks. Rumors abound that she’ll join next season’s Dancing with the Stars to hoof it with Mr. Hough, and there’s even chatter that Cheryl is being recruited for a role on Desperate Housewives. Oh, and she’s recording a second solo album with Will.i.am, which I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about in the near future.

Yes, there are a lot of people invested in making Cheryl happen here. But she’s from Newcastle, England and that accent, that Geordie accent – will Americans find it beguiling or just incomprehensible? I’m Alan Partridge, the classic Steve Coogan Britcom, had a funny bit about trying to decipher those thick Geordie accents:

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.