Cheryl Cole to be introduced on X Factor with surname Fernandez-Versini

Published Wednesday, Jul 23 2014, 17:02 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
Cheryl Cole will take the surname of her new husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini... but the name change has left X Factor announcer Peter Dickson rather tongue-tied!

Cheryl sits on the X Factor judging panel this year alongside Simon Cowell, Mel B and Louis Walsh, and Peter has revealed that he's been busy practising Cheryl's new name ahead of the live shows.

Cheryl Cole and rumoured new boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, 18 May 2014

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Cheryl will take JB's surname

The X Factor announcer Peter Dickson - 11/11/2013.

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Peter has been practicising Cheryl's new name.

Former Girls Aloud star Cheryl shocked fans last week by announcing she married her French beau JB on Monday 7 July, after just three months of dating.

Soon after, Cheryl dropped 'Cole' from her Twitter and Instagram handles, suggesting she'll be taking JB's surname, and announcer Peter revealed this morning (23 July) that producers informed him of the name change in advance.

"I had a phone call a few weeks ago from the producers to tell me who the new judges were," Peter told Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon on Capital FM.

Cheryl Cole and her new husband, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, celebrate an engagement party with friends at Library.


Cheryl and JB hosted a post-wedding party for friends this week.

"They said, 'It's Cheryl', and I said, 'Oh that's fine, she's back', and they said, 'No but she's changed her name, she's married Jean-Bernard and she wants to be known by his second name, so can you start practising?'

"So I have been… not very successfully!"

Peter was then asked to pronounce Cheryl's new full name live on air - and it's fair to say it was a struggle at first!

(Listen to Peter below):

Cheryl and JB wed on the Caribbean island of Mustique, saying their vows in front of a handful of guests. This week, the happy couple hosted a black and white-themed wedding party at The Library in St. Martin's Lane.

They were joined by Cheryl's former Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, as well as Rochelle and Marvin Humes and Cheryl's mum and brother.

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