Nicole Scherzinger In, Cheryl Cole Out For X-Factor

Pussycat Dolls sexy singer Nicole Scherzinger is in and Cheryl Cole is out for X-Factor next season.

Nicole Scherzinger

Simon Cowell, the genius behind American Idol and the British version, The X-Factor is bringing the X-Factor to the United States. I can’t tell you how the X-Factor is different from American Idol except maybe there isn’t an age limit, case in point Susan Boyle. I could be wrong about that, but that’s how it appears to me.

Anyway, for months there has been speculation that Cheryl Cole was going to be booted from the American version of the show because her accent was too thick and Cowell thought Americans wouldn’t be able to understand her. Whatever.

Now it is confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger is in and Cheryl Cole is out for X-Factor America!

“Fox, Fremantle North America and Syco TV today confirm Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor,'” the companies behind the show wrote in a terse statement Monday morning. Scherzinger will join Cowell as well as Paula Abdul and recording veteran L.A. Reid at the judges’ table.

Scherzinger was originally set to co-host the show alongside Welsh-born TV presenter Steve Jones. Now Jones will go it alone. A spokesman for the show did not respond to a question about whether some early auditions featuring Cole will need to be reshot.

The reasons for Cole’s ouster remain mysterious. Some reports suggested that during early tapings, Americans were having trouble understanding her accent. Other accounts faulted a lack of chemistry between her and Abdul. The statement issued Monday did not offer a reason for her exit, nor did it say whether she would return to the British version of “X Factor,” on which she has appeared.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer, Nicole Scherwinger will sit at the judges table with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. The winner of the show gets a $5 million recording contract. X-Factor is scheduled to launch in the U.S.A. in the fall of 2011.

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