Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has made a fair few shock moves this year, what with her pending divorce to French businessman Jean-Bernard, new romance with One Direction hunk Liam Payne – who is 10 years her junior – and sensationally quitting The X Factor on Tuesday (5 April). But now the Fight For This Love singer is reportedly moving to rival television talent show, The Voice. Music to our ears…
The former Girls Aloud star confirmed her exit from Simon Cowell's ever-changing judging panel in a bid to focus on her new music and relationship with 22-year-old Payne. But with her track record as an impressionable talent show veteran along with her kinship with The Voice judge will.i.am, the BBC programme that is moving to ITV next season is said to be stopping at nothing to reel in Fernandez-Versini for a spot in one of their spinning chairs.
Alex Donohoe, spokesman for Ladbrokes, told the Daily Star: "Cheryl says she wants to concentrate on the music but plenty of punters expect her to jump ship to The Voice instead."
And a TV insider told the newspaper that the 32-year-old judge and will.i.am would make the perfect panel pairing thanks to their famously close friendship. They said: "Cheryl and Will would be a dream team for producers. Their natural chemistry as friends would be amazing for the show."
The current Voice panel, which comprises of Ricky Wilson, Boy George, Paloma Faith and will.i.am, are yet to make a decision regarding the move to ITV – although rapper Will has insinuated he'll turn his chair the last time for the BBC show. He said: "The only reason why I come back to do The Voice − it's not because it's a big pay day − it's because it's the BBC. So I don't know [what I'll do]."
Confirming her X Factor departure on 5 April, Fernandez-Versini said: "I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor. I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best."
Supporting her decision to walk away, music mogul Cowell added: "Cheryl and myself spoke about this. I totally understand her commitment to making more records. She has been amazing on the show and in the near future we will be working on other things together."
Watch The Voice final this Saturday (10 April) at 7pm on BBC1.