Cheryl Cole: Nicole Scherzinger deserves everything she gets
But it seems she's now delighted she's not on the panel - after watching Simon Cowell's continual needling of Nicole Scherzinger.
Cheryl, 28, has been telling friends she'd have come to blows with Simon if he'd treated her the same way he's been treating Nicole, 33.
‘As far as Cheryl's concerned, it's a kind of justice,' reveals the pal.
Viewers of US X Factor will have seen Simon, 52, make repeated digs at Nicole for her wishy-washy comments.
She was also publicly slammed by the same critics who'd praised Cheryl.
Neil Glenzinger of the New York Times panned Nicole's performance, saying: ‘Ms Cole showed glimmers of being interesting; in two seasons as a judge on The Sing-Off on NBC, Ms Scherzinger was a pretty face but, judicially speaking, not much more than a seat warmer.'
Read the full story about Cheryl Cole in Now magazine dated 21 November 2011 - out now!