Belfast Telegraph

'Top judge' Cole: Take that, Simon!

Cheryl Cole has revealed her delight at scooping an award for best TV judge - despite being axed from the US X Factor after just two episodes.

The Girls Aloud star, who was replaced on the talent contest by ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, pipped the show's creator, Simon Cowell, to first place for the Virgin Media TV Award.

She told followers on Twitter: "'Oh my!' And all in a couple days work, LOVE this @SimonCowell."

New UK X Factor head panellist Gary Barlow, who came fourth in the poll behind Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli, retweeted Cheryl's tongue-in-cheek comment.

The BBC was crowned channel of the year with well over 50 per cent of the votes. Despite bringing viewers the much-loved Downton Abbey, ITV held second place with just ten per cent of the votes.

Golden Globe-winner Downton Abbey continued its awards success by taking top place in the best drama category.

Other big wins came for Doctor Who's assistant Karen Gillan, who took best actress and hottest female.

And McFly drummer Harry Judd waltzed his way to the top, to be voted reality TV star of the year for his winning effort on Strictly Come Dancing.

To view the Virgin Media TV Awards results in full online, visit


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