Report: Cheryl Cole Out as ‘X Factor’ Judge

Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger (Photo: Fox)

Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger (Photo: Fox)

Poor Cheryl Cole – not only does much of America have no idea who the British pop singer is, but she also just lost a chance to boost her profile stateside. Cole is out as a judge on Simon Cowell’s new singing competition “X-Factor,” scheduled for fall on Fox, TMZ is reporting.

Cole will reportedly be replaced by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally scheduled to co-host with Steve Jones, a Welsh TV personality.

Instead, Scherzinger will sit on the judge’s panel with Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid.

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Producers were concerned that Cole’s English accent would be too difficult for American audiences to understand, TMZ cited a source close to the production saying.

Cole also reportedly had a “lack of chemistry” with Paula Abdul, and since Abdul is the bigger U.S. draw, Cole was cut.

“X Factor” will join a crowded TV singing landscape, with NBC’s latest entry “The Voice” proving to be a surprise hit.

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