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The X Factor as a musical is news we’ve heard batted around for ages, but the project recently got some new juice amid speculation that the production may poke fun at one notorious X Factor alum.

Titled X Factor — It’s Time to Face the Musical!, the production is set to hit stages in the UK’s West End next spring and is brought to us courtesy of Syco Entertainment, aka Simon Cowell’s production company

According to Playbill, the musical will go “behind the microphone and under the judges’s desk” — timeout: under the judges’s desk? Okay then — “to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning into the TV talent show every week.” It follows Cherice, a young woman unfamiliar with the series, who happens upon an audition and, of course, “a handsome, ukulele-playing plumper and part-time warrior.”

The show won’t be all Jack Johnson covers and music-themed puns, however. According to the Daily Mirror, X Factor alum Cheryl Cole is mocked repeatedly in Simon’s latest business venture. Specifically, the Mirror says the script features a judge called Jordy, a “pop star from the north-east” and a member of a band called Loud Girl Noize. Cheryl, by the by, is from England’s northeastern city of Newcastle and is a well-known part of girl group Girls Aloud.

Throughout the musical and particularly in a number called “Here Come The Judges,” Jordy is ridiculed for her flagging career and flop album, adds the Daily Mirror.

Cheryl and Simon, of course, had a highly publicized falling out that ended in Simon firing Cheryl from her role as a judge from the US version of X Factor. The two, however, have reportedly made up since then with Cheryl slated to be a judge on the UK version of the show next year. Would Simon really backtrack now by going ahead with a story people seem to think casts Cheryl in a bad light?

What do you think? Sounds just like Cowell or are people are just reading way too much into this? Would you even go see a musical version of X Factor? Sound off in the comments below.

Sources: Playbill, Daily Mirror, Daily Mirror


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!