With a natural flair for singing and possessing camera-ready features, Cheryl Cole was a pop star personified. The British-born reality television star rose to fame after being named one of the winners of the hit talent competition show "Popstars: The Rivals" (ITV, 2002). As prize, Cole became one of the members of the pop group, Girls Aloud. Thanks to countless hit singles and television appearances, the all-girl group soared to the top of the charts and made Cole one of the biggest stars in the U.K. After parting with the group in 2009 to launch a successful music career as a solo artist, Cole's popularity soared in her native country. In 2011, Cole was announced as one of the judges alongside Simon Cowell on the highly anticipated singing competition show, "The X Factor" (Fox, 2011- ), but shortly after landing the coveted spot, she was reportedly let go due to her too-thick British accent. Despite the setback, her success in music had already paved the way for bigger and more exciting opportunities for her as a reality star.