I know Cheryl Cole will be back: Louis Walsh predicts ousted X Factor judge will put US humiliation behind her
Louis Walsh has predicted that Cheryl Cole will recover from her US X Factor humiliation by rejoining Nadine Coyle and the rest of Girls Aloud for a comeback next year.
Walsh, the last remaining of the original judges on the UK X Factor, said Cole still had her music career to fall back on and that he believed she would release another solo album.
In an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish pop supremo said he had been hoping Cole would return to her seat on the UK X Factor. And he said the Geordie pop star had not felt comfortable with the "phony" LA lifestyle.
"The UK X Factor wanted Cheryl to come back. She should have come back, she's a gorgeous girl and would have been the star of the show," he said.
"I really, really like Cheryl. I sent her a text to see if she's ok. She's back in London and taking time for herself, but I hope she's ok. I think she will be fine. She'll bounce back.
"The thing is, the US is a very different planet. I'd never want to work there. I love going there on holidays, but I'd never live there. It's such a different world from the UK and Ireland.
"LA can be a very phony place and I don't think Cheryl wanted to play that game."
Walsh said only the tough survived the music industry and that Cole could take inspiration from new X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who endured setbacks throughout his career.
"It's a tough old business and you have to be tough to survive. I mean look at Gary Barlow. He's had his knocks, his ups and downs.
"People laughed at him, said Robbie was the star. But Gary is the talent in Take That. He's an inspiration. He persevered and it paid off," he said.
"Cheryl loves her music, her dancing. I think she'll go off and do another solo album. And she still has Girls Aloud, of course. She'll be back."
Plans for a reunion were always on the cards for the band, who have been on a break since 2009.
Just last month, before Cole was sensationally sacked from the US X Factor, Girls Aloud's manager insisted she would be returning to the band next year.
Hilary Shaw told MTV that the girl group would reform with the full five-piece line-up.
The manager is quoted as saying: "Everybody wants them to make a comeback and it will be next year.
"Well, it is their 10th anniversary so there will be something."
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell hinted at his own view on Cole's departure, saying: "That's showbusiness."
The comment appeared to be in reference to Cole after Cowell joked that he could replace Britain's Got Talent presenter Dec with one of the show's acts.
"Ant and Les has got a nice ring to it. As we know, that's showbusiness," he said.
Dec replied: "He's got it right in for the Geordies this week," prompting Cowell to admit: "I'm in so much trouble tomorrow."