Meet Cheryl Cole -- she's British, 27, and Simon Cowell, who has handpicked her to be one of his fellow judges on the "X Factor" this fall, reckons she could be the next big British star to break America. There's just one problem -- will anyone be able to understand her?
Just as no amount of air-freshener can obliterate the smell of a cab-driver's armpits, there was no disguising the horrid whiff of glee that accompanied the news last week of Cheryl Cole's separation from her faithless husband. Partly, it was just old-fashioned schadenfreude. The implausibly rich and vulgar Coles – with their OK! wedding, National Lottery adverts (right) and occasional brushes with the law (in 2003, lest we forget, Cheryl was convicted of assaulting a lavatory attendant in a Guildford nightclub) – are not the sort of couple that we Brits instinctively root for.