Contact Us

Cheryl Cole Dropped from ‘X Factor'; Nicole Scherzinger to Take Her Spot as Judge

Cheryl Cole Nicole Scherzinger
Dimitrios Kambouris (2), Getty Images

Big news from Simon Cowell‘s new singing competition ‘X Factor‘: Cheryl Cole has been dropped from the judging panel and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who had originally signed on as one of the show’s co-hosts.

TMZ says that producers felt Cole’s Geordie accent was too thick for viewers to understand, and that Cole and fellow judge Paula Abdul had a “lack of chemistry.”

Cole had already served as a judge during tapings of the Los Angeles and Chicago auditions for the program. It remains to be seen whether she’ll be edited out of those tapings when they air in the fall, and whether she’ll continue in her role as a judge on the British version of ‘X Factor.’

Scherzinger, who previously served as a judge on ‘The Sing-Off,’ will join Cowell, Abdul and L.A. Reid as the show’s four judges and mentors.

The former Pussycat Doll had been rumored as a possible judge before she was announced as a co-host with Steve Jones instead. The Welsh-born Jones will now be the sole host, assuming producers don’t suddenly decide that his accent is a deal-breaker.

Watch Nicole Scherzinger Discuss Her Appearance on the British ‘X Factor’

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of PopCrush

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for PopCrush quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!