Cheryl Cole and Will.i.am enjoy cosy dinner dates as they discuss her future

In demand: it looks like 2012 is going to be a very good year for Cheryl Cole
In demand: it looks like 2012 is going to be a very good year for Cheryl Cole©Stylistpick/Copetti/Rex Features

It’s been a while since Cheryl Cole and Will.i.am have out and about together, but the best buds have been spotted catching up on cosy dinner dates in recent weeks, after the rapper arrived in town for his stint on The Voice.

The Black Eyed Peas star is getting ready to join the team on the brand new singing show which launches in the UK this spring, alongside other panellists Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue.

And he’s been getting the lowdown on what to expect from working on British TV, from the former X Factor judge.

"They've met for dinner and hung out. He's been quizzing her on her experience on UK TV,” a source told The Sun.

But it seems that Will.i.am isn’t just concerned about making sure his own TV career goes without a hitch – he’s also been planning BFF Cheryl’s return to the small screen.

Will.i.am, who is also Cheryl’s manager, revealed that he’s on the lookout for the perfect show for Cole to front, following her axe from X Factor USA - just days after Simon Cowell admitted he’d love to see the star return to the singing show.

He told the Mirror: “Cheryl won’t do X Factor. Why does she need it?

“Why are you going to make someone else rich? Cheryl needs her own show.”

Will added: “Cheryl Cole was current on X Factor [USA]. She was the only one on the panel with musical experience of what it feels like to go through that process.

“That’s how she made it into the industry, by doing Popstars. Paula Abdul was an artist – but she wasn’t current at the time.”

Will.i.am isn’t the only person to think Cheryl should front her own show though – according to reports at the start of January this year, TV bosses are desperate to sign the star up to front a magazine show provisionally titled Late Night With Cheryl.

A source told Star magazine: “They know she’ll be a massive ratings winner and is the perfect fit to pull in amazing guests.”

Simon and Cheryl are also said to be working on plans for a brand new talent show – but we’re not sure Will.i.am will be too happy about that…

With her new album set for release in March and a burgeoning film career on the horizon following a cameo in What To Expect When You’re Expecting, it looks like Miss Cole is in for a very busy 2012!

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