We’d also advise the Geordie to take a ‘big step’ to some different shops as she made one of her first public appearances looking like Daphne from Scooby Doo. Cole was renowned for some rather odd fashion choices on the show last year and it seems that American audiences will have to get their heads around her GaGa-esque wardrobe as well as her Geordie accent – which she has vowed not to lose in the states.
“I miss the UK already but I’m such a homebody,” Cole told reporters at the first day of recording in Los Angeles. “This is actually really good for me, to just step out of my comfort zone too and push myself.”
“It’s a big step for me. I’m kind of staking a lot myself too. I’ve left the UK X Factor and I’m in a foreign country. It’s so strange for me. It’s a big deal,” she told Yahoo.
However, Cole admitted that she is “not really” nervous about how she will be received by the American audience for her role as a judge.
“If it was my music then yes, absolutely,” she said. “I feel like it’s the contestants who are the ones with the nerves and it’s about me helping someone else with their dream. I think talent is talent. Talent doesn’t have a city – it is what is it and if you are talented, then it doesn’t matter where you are from.”
On becoming famous in the US, she added: “I don’t think you can ever be prepared for that. It’s quite a scary thing.” She went on to insist that she will “never, ever change” how she speaks.
“I think Americans understand me OK – you understand me! It’s just something for people to say.”
Cole and her translator then departed surrounded by security..