Whilst you’d be forgiven for not knowing about the long-running feud between singers Cheryl Cole and Charlotte Church, it appears the gloves are off once again with the pair going head-to-head to judge new BBC talent show The Voice.
It had been said that Cole was very keen to appear on the new show, where judges rate singers purely on their vocal abilities rather than how they look. But sources close to the Girls Aloud singer now say that she will never sign up for the programme if her arch enemy is involved.
“Cheryl won’t be pleased to learn that Charlotte is up for The Voice,â? said the supposed source. âShe’s keen on doing it as it will be a sensational return to UK telly after her humiliation on the X Factor. But there’s way too much bad blood between her and Charlotte, they’d just end up arguing all the time.”
The argument between the pair erupted after Cole blasted Church for stealing part of a Girls Aloud track for her debut pop album in 2005. The Welsh singer defended her new record, branding the former X Factor judge a “cow” and described Girls Aloud as “five dogs without balls”.
Cole reacted by slamming Church and her then boyfriend, rugby player Gavin Henson: “I don’t know who she and her scabby boyfriend think they are. He’s a posing idiot who looks like a girl. And she’s not even gorgeous. She’s a nasty little piece of work with a fat head.”
But whilst this war of words may seem petty and even comical to us outsiders, it appears that the pair are still very much at each otherâs throats. When Cole joined Simon Cowellâs cash-cow talent show, Church couldn’t resist speaking her mind: “I watch The X Factor in awe. Cheryl really has no idea that she can’t sing at all â she tells people the strangest things about their voice when they are in fact great and far better than her.”
The BBC are said to have high hopes for The Voice, pouring a huge wedge of the licence fee into the show to draw in viewing figures comparable to ITVâs X Factor. Over in the States, singers Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera sit on the panel, and programme execs on this side of the pond will obviously be looking for similarly high calibre judges to make the British version of the show a success. Judging by the bad blood between Cole and Church however, itâs unlikely weâll be seeing the pair together anytime soon.