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Accent Killing

Simon Cowell Suggests Cheryl Cole Should Ditch Her Geordie Accent

— April 14, 2009 — Pop Culture
Accents are wonderful, but Simon Cowell thinks Cheryl Cole's might not be so good for her career, which is why he booked her elocution lessons with one of Hollywood’s top voice coaches. 

Cheryl Who? - Simon Cowell thinks his accent advice might prevent exactly that question in the future. For people who don’t know her from the band Girls Aloud or show X Factor, she's still an unknown.

"Cheryl Cole has been warned not to drop her Newcastle accent in her bid to crack America," Digital Spy explains.

"The X Factor judge is thought to be considering elocution lessons, after Simon Cowell reportedly advised her that US audiences might not be able to understand what she was saying.”"

Cheryl Cole, 25, was convinced otherwise by a language expert who said changing her accent would ruin her appeal in the UK. Sorry Simon!

"If she is seen to be changing her accent for commercial reasons, this could damage her image here," Joan Beal said. “In the UK, the Geordie accent is viewed very positively and studies of reactions to accents consistently show that it is considered friendly, honest and generally attractive."