‘X-Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Replaced By Nicole Scherzinger

There’s a shakeup going down at Simon Cowell‘s upcoming X-Factor talent competition. Apparently, Cheryl Cole was ousted and her judge’s seat was given to former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Originally, Scherzinger was hired on to co-host the program alongside Steve Jones.

According to reports Cole was let go in large part due to her strong British accent. Producers were said to be concerned that the accent might prove too difficult for American audiences to understand.

But that wasn’t the only problem with Cole. Supposed tension and lack of chemistry between her and other judges Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid were also cited.

The producers intended for Cole to return to the U.K. version of X-Factor, but according to ‘sources’, she was royally pissed off and is considering severing all ties with show.

The American version of X-Factor is set to premiere in September.

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