Kelly Rowland to Take Cheryl Cole’s Place on British ‘X Factor’
Poor Cheryl Cole. We told you over the weekend that the British songstress was (understandably) upset after being cut as a judge on the US version of 'X Factor,' and unfortunately, now it seems she's lost her seat on the British stage as well. Former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland will take Cole's place on the British 'X Factor.'
Producers across the pond did plan to offer Cole her role as judge on the British version, but when neither she nor her manager, will.i.am, would take their calls, they stopped trying. "That’s it. Cheryl will not be returning," a source tells Daily Mail. "People have been trying to speak to her and persuade her this would be a good idea, but she’s been uncontactable. She hasn't returned phone calls. And you can’t exactly negotiate with someone who won’t even speak to you."
But one person's trash is another person's treasure, and lucky Kelly Rowland will sit proudly as a new addition to the British version of the hit show.
"I am so excited to join The X Factor UK and be able to spend time in one of my favorite places in the world," Rowland says of the offer. "The music coming out of the UK right now is incredible with artists like Adele, Jessie J and James Blake, so I’m confident this season of The X Factor will give me opportunity to hear a few diamonds in the rough. Being a judge is never easy, but I promise to be as sternly honest as I can and also encourage everyone who crosses the stage. I can't wait to meet the world’s next superstar!"
Additionally, the show has nabbed hip-hopper Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz, Gary Barlow of Take That, staple judge Louis Walsh for the other judging spots.
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