Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough are "incredibly happy"
The `Fight for This Love` star and the `Dancing with the Stars` hunk - who have been rumoured to be dating since the brunette beauty split from her husband, soccer player Ashley Cole, earlier in the year - make a "great couple", according to Cheryl`s `X Factor` colleague Brian Friedman.
He revealed: "I`ve been in touch with both Cheryl and Derek since they`ve been over in Los Angeles. I`m very close with them both. They`re amazing people and they make a great couple.
"I thought they would make a good couple, and I`m so pleased to say they do. They`re very, very cute together. Cheryl and Derek both seem incredibly happy right now - that`s all I can say."
Brian - who is creative director on Simon Cowell`s pop star search show - admitted not having the singer at the boot camp stage of the auditions while she recovered from malaria was "terrible".
He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It was terrible not having her there for some of the auditions and boot camp. It was strange just having the male judges at boot camp too - which we`ve just finished filming.
"We know now though that Cheryl will definitely be back to film the judge`s houses scenes, as will Dannii. I think they`ll both be pleased with the groups that they`ve been given; I can`t say who has what though!"