Breaking: Cheryl Cole Sacked From X Factor USA; Replaced With Nicole Scherzinger

Published: Wednesday 25th May 2011 by Sam

In explosive news, it is being reported that Cheryl Cole has been kicked off X Factor USA’s judging panel and replaced with the show’s host Nicole Scherzinger.

Full story after the jump….


Via TMZ:

Huge shakeup at Simon Cowell’s new show “X-Factor” — TMZ has learned singer Cheryl Cole will no longer be a judge … and will be replaced by ex-“Pussycat Dolls” member Nicole Scherzinger.

It’s unclear why Cheryl is out — but we’re told the replacement happened very recently.

Nicole was originally supposed to co-host the show with Steve Jones when it debuts in September — but now, she’ll be sitting on the judge’s panel alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and LA Reid.

Calls to Cowell’s camp have not been returned.

Story developing …


Cheryl Cole was dropped from the judging panel on “X-Factor” largely because producers were  concerned her English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand … sources close to the production tell TMZ.

There were other issues too — we’re told Cheryl and fellow judge Paula Abdul had a “lack of chemistry” … and Cheryl was more expendable.

Producers now want Cheryl to return to the UK version of the show — but according to sources, Cheryl’s royally pissed over how this situation was handled … and may sever ties with “X-Factor” entirely.

With Cheryl out, Steve Jones will be the only host on the show — which debuts in September — while Nicole Scherzinger fills the open seat on the judging panel.

Calls to Simon Cowell still haven’t been returned.


Needless to say, this is! Not so much because Cheryl was ever any good. Rather because Fox execs actually back-peddled on a decision which should never have been green-lit to begin with.

Granted we’re not one’s to rejoice over anyone’s misfortune, but Cheryl was always ridiculously under-qualified for the role on the US panel. Hell, she had no logical place on the UK panel either – managing to carve out a ‘career’ (despite her vocal handicaps) by way of smoke and mirrors. Well, it seems the show’s producer’s have seen what we’ve bee harping on about for the longest. It simply made no sense to have a non-entity on the panel, while Nicole Scherzinger stands reading cue cards. Perhaps they saw one of our posts.

Regardless, this is not a good look for Cheryl. Having so publicly left the UK show, and now being so publicly let go from the US version, her prospects are not looking good on either side of the Atlantic. Hopefully this serves as a lesson to all involved in her shambolic signing; don’t try and force the un-forceable. Cheryl should think about this, as well as enlisting a vocal coach, on the plane home.

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  1. CA2 May 25, 2011

    I seriously don’t believe this.

  2. aznazeep May 25, 2011


  3. mariela May 25, 2011

    US Billboard Hot 100

    A M A Z I N G……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wow 13 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 !!!! Amazing

  4. burrrrr May 25, 2011


  5. Imgunnacheckuboo May 25, 2011

    So much basic in one picture.

  6. mariela May 25, 2011

    hahahah this show is gonna flop in us because right now isa time for summer and nobody cares for x factor livin your life in this summer people let it down x factor

  7. Beystanbish May 25, 2011

    Dead* Lmao

  8. Jill May 25, 2011

    Simon needs to sack Nicole also both aren’t a good fit for the US. I hope that have Mariah Carey becomes a judge when she available she has the talent and the success here in the US to be a great mentor.

  9. MISHKA May 25, 2011

    I don’t know if it’s true but it’s understandable. She’s just a pretty face in America. Compared to Nicole, she doesn’t have enough credibility.

  10. Imgunnacheckuboo May 25, 2011

    @Mariela, huh? The show starts in the Fall.

    @Jill, you may be on to something. Maybe they’ve decided not to make that slot a full time judging spot till Ms. Carey is ready to come back to work.

  11. FlopJuice May 25, 2011

    THE VOICE will kick out this old (and boring here in Europe) show.

  12. UGh May 25, 2011

    Nobody knows here. oh well

  13. Bey’knight May 25, 2011

    This seems like something from a drama. Not sure what to think. I guess i dnt care much. The only winner in all of this is simon cowell. He dropped half if the winners in uk version after 1 flop. Ruthless

  14. GAGLSQA May 25, 2011

    whatthefuck?????????? WHYY

  15. lol May 25, 2011

    I don’t believe it but if it is true I believe its to send Cheryl back to save the UK show.

  16. lenor May 25, 2011

    i hope it is true, nicole definately deserves it more to be honest, cheryl should just stay on x factor uk

  17. kc May 25, 2011

    Nobody knew her here for real so I don’t think it will be a big deal.

  18. Yellow Gorillah May 25, 2011



    Best news I have heard this week!

    Simon knows the True Tea!

  19. Dunk May 25, 2011

    If this is true it could only ever be because of Dannii Minogue no longer being on the UK show and Simon sending Cheryl back to the UK to replace her, I can garantee Simon would choose Cheryl over Tulisa any day and with only one familiar face on the UK panal it could kill the UK version of the show, Cheryl would NEVER be gone like that for no reason. Simon LOVES her, i garantee it’s either not true or she is returning to the UK version of the show to be the real replacement for Danni Minogue

  20. Ratedxxx(aka ratedx) May 25, 2011

    wouldnt that s*** be funny, if the winner of xfactor actually becomes a bigger star than nicole?

    why cant they hire mariah carey,hell brandy? at least these broads have actuall talent, to judge a talent show

  21. KAT DELUNA FAN May 25, 2011


  22. Beyonce and Cb Fan May 25, 2011

    Who saw this coming?! I need to know details, cause this is wack! I don’t even know Cheryl, but for some reason I want her to be in the judge seat not Necole. Does Anyone agree?

  23. OSO May 25, 2011

    LOL, that’s a major flop.
    I really don’t know, but I think it’s fake, Nicole deserves it more tbh, even though she’s boring.

  24. Lovelarah May 25, 2011

    Whole thing is a mess. No one will watch this over here.

  25. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN May 25, 2011

    Dont believe this at all. Simon wouldnt ditch cheryl.. they’re to close.

  26. Imgunnacheckuboo May 25, 2011

    “wouldnt that s*** be funny, if the winner of xfactor actually becomes a bigger star than nicole?”

    HAHAHA, I bet it’s likely.

  27. melodie May 25, 2011

    thats bad if she has been sacked as they have not given a chance to prove her self ,she was good on the uk x and would of been good on the us .i wont be watching now

  28. GAGLSQA May 25, 2011

    This might not be for publicity tho…Simon has done this Brian Friedman on xfactorUK and Kelly brook on UK got talent.

  29. LEWIS92 May 25, 2011


  30. CoverGuy May 25, 2011

    Tear…Cheryl is a doll and such a sweetheart! I thought Simon was going to stay true and stick with his Brit Guns…oh well. Nicole will suffice…

  31. Peteyboi45UK May 25, 2011

    Why are the yanks always harping on about Mariah? She’s had her day, when she did the Uk x factor she refused to mentor the contestants until she was paid another million and her performances were actual s#%t shes a dog faced washed up has been, right up there with Whitney houghston!

    Recently we herd girls aloud will reform and all the girls are tied into contracts, cherlys return will more than likely allow her to work on the Uk version of the show and plan out GA’s return to the charts!

    Either way I’m pro-Cheryl! Good luck to her!

  32. CG GIRL May 25, 2011

    I’m pissed she had better be on the U.S. X factor. Didn’t like her second album but she makes good songs. She doesn’t need to be Whitney Houston in order to make good music and hold a tune. There’s only a few people like Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Leona, Pattie, Aretha, and Beyonce.

    Nicole should stay overseas- she’s doing so much better over there. Although Cheryl is doing well over in the UK she deserves a chance to be promoted over here to see how she will fare in America. I lv her attitude and personality. Come back Cheryl. I won’t look at the U.S. X factor unless its fabulous like the voice. I need to see a fresh face and different talent!

  33. CA2 May 25, 2011

    Now you KNOW this s*** is made up.

  34. ヅ•·.·´¯`·.·•-ΛALEXISR-Bahamas♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ★ ☆ ✰ T.I.P.•·.·´¯`·.·•ヅ May 25, 2011

    I dunno about this one.

    She’s a good performer, that’s also important. I don’t see why she would get fired. This is a mess. I think this show may flop now. How hard is it to understand her accent? Really?

    I guess people really are stupid.

  35. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN May 25, 2011

    Well this post has been updated, so i guess its true. well i supose thats good for us. You can never have to much cheryl cole:)

  36. WonderLand19 May 25, 2011

    But i don’t think american like Nicole either? They should get kelly rowland in.

  37. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ May 25, 2011

    IDGAF who they hire as a judge because……..

    THE VOICE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  38. Anonymous May 25, 2011

    I don’t even know who she is. lol. I’m just happy Simon and Paula will be on my screen. 😀

  39. Anonymous May 25, 2011

    Who cares?! 😀 LOL.It’s all about SImon and Paula.

  40. HLove May 25, 2011

    I think that it’s the right decision. Nicole deserves it more. She knows the music biz as she was in a group which was successful worldwide and people are aware of who is she in the US. I think also why this happened because UK X Factor is in crisis and Simon knows Cheryl is needed there to save the show.

  41. mariela May 25, 2011

    watch tonight american idol fine tonight in american idol is gonna perform J.LO FT MARC ANTHONY LADY GAGA STIVEN TYLER BEYONCE etc etc here s the link just

  42. mariela May 25, 2011


  43. Tandi May 25, 2011

    Taylor Swift’s number one fan — are you a girl or a boy??? I can’t tell by your pic.

  44. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN May 25, 2011

    @Tand Im a boy.

  45. MCsavedmylife May 25, 2011

    Someone above said that Simon wouldn’t ditch Cheryl because they’re close. Well, in all honesty, he’s been with Paula for much longer and the American audience who watches Idol love the chemistry that they got, just as much as we love the chemistry Simon and Cheryl have in the UK version. So I’m thinking even though Simon wanted to help Cheryl break the US audience, he also needs to think about what will work for this show and help it sell and he knows that his chemistry with Paula will help to sell the show.

    As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think this was a good decision from the start. If the producers really wanted Cheryl, they would have hired her immediately with no questions asked. BUT it’s obvious that they never did, and only hired her to keep Simon happy. If Cheryl wants to break the US audience, she will have to rely on her talent and her talent alone, and even then I don’t think that will get her far, since her only talent is…….what is her talent again?! Oh yeah, ‘singing’ (aka sing into the mic and let auto-tune do the rest). She’s a sweet girl but she’s not ready to take on the US, nor will she ever be.

    Mariah’s name has been bounced around and we know she’s in it and she’ll have a role, she just needs to get there a little bit quicker (obviously can’t happen since she’s got Roc n’ Roe but still).

  46. kessuki May 25, 2011

    Nicole scherzinger should have been in that seat from the start. She is more talented than cheryl and definately has got personality. She was a guest judge on the UK x factor last year and really shone in the absence of danni minogue and cheryl. She definately deseves a place. I was dead set against watching the us version becasue of cheryl so her axing has made me want to now watch. Thankyou FOX for making the decision that simon refued to make.

  47. UK80’schild May 25, 2011

    So she signs a contract with a get out clause that after 1 year if the ratings arent very good they can let her go. So what grounds can they actually sack her on here?

  48. Alex Grey May 25, 2011

    Im not agree with that. Cheryl can’t be a singer of amazing vocal talent but lacks charisma, personality and good performance on stage. Fakes like Rihanna did not do half of what Cheryl does, and yet are hailed.

    Nicole has some talent but is not a “Mariah Carey” and this situation was distressing and unnecessary.

  49. anonymo May 25, 2011

    Can’t say I’m shocked, I kinda predicted this as soon as it was announced she would join the US X-Factor judging panel. I guess this was Simon’s way to get rid of her?

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  51. Harvey May 25, 2011

    Ooh my gosh Idont like Nicole…plus Cheryl so much better and I love her accent f*** x factor I’m not watchin it here in the U.S

  52. Ash J May 25, 2011

    Can we have Cheryl Cole and Kelly Rowland on the UK version please? Scrap Tulisa

  53. “4” June 28th. U ready? May 25, 2011

    Makes so much more sense! Nicole is qualified. Cheryl is not. Didn’t like the co host idea anyway, Steve will do a great job on his own! Sense has been restored!

    P.s didn’t Paula call Cheryl a “superstar” at the 1st audition? Now we know, she was clearly taking the p***.

    Cheryl will be okay. She’s better off selling hairspray anyway

  54. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie) May 25, 2011

    Nicole should have always been a judge. Don’t nobody know Cheryl over here.

  55. Statesideer May 26, 2011

    I don’t think she has the talent to judge anyone is the first place anyway.

    so glad she’s gone. she doesn’t have what it takes in the US.

  56. Kuba May 26, 2011

    damn..too bad for her..LOL..They already sending out Free test models of iPad 2..but ONLY if you live in United States..i got 2..sent 1 to my mom house & 1 to my

  57. cai May 26, 2011

    noooooo im from america and i loved her accent she was very charming and not as horrible of a singer that this sites makes her out to be

  58. Kim May 26, 2011

    HAHAHAHAHAHA She deserves it now she will know how it feels when she ditched Gamu whatever her name was, how she was ever considered a judge is beyond me she is so boring and has no personality, shes not a good judge did anyone see last yr and the mess she made letting those talentless wannabes to the finals?. Cheryl Cole is nothing but a fake person all this sweet, innocent image that shes been trying to do is all a act, now I hope this doesnt mean shes coming back to the UK one please, if she is I will not be watching, when shes on there its always about her and the way she dresses and looks not about the poor contestants who are actually working really hard to get noticed. I will say one thing about this though is that they shouldnt of messed her around if they were worried about her accent which is likely they have heard before they should of never cast her in the first place. So happy for Nicole this will finally give her the success she deserves. Cheryl can always join the Geordie Shore she fit right in there.

  59. Jasmine May 26, 2011

    I guess Cheryl did not put out.

  60. Tandi May 26, 2011

    @Taylor Swifts #1 Fan — ok thanks for clearing that up; its a nice pic

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  62. beyonceIVbaby May 26, 2011


  63. Ariana May 26, 2011

    I’m glad she’s gone, I’m so tired of these untalented singers, Nicole isn’t my fav but at least she can sing.
    Girl bye!!!

  64. English Babe* May 26, 2011

    Nicole can bring glamour to the show as she is VERY pretty, CAN sing and DANCE and regardless of what you think, her group is WELL KNOWN in the US and they have had a number of hits over there.

    Cheryl’s group is well known in the UK and they have had a number of hits here so it makes sense for her to stay here and Nicole to stay there.

    We all know the concept of the show is about manufactured singers, bands and music so you don’t really expect the likes of Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to judge. Thats why the females are easily expendable as they just need one good looking woman to complete the panel.

    If it was really about the voice then yeah, there are better singers but in terms of manufactured pop acts, its not the talent they need more like the most popular. They have an older woman in Paula Abdul ( i think they should have picked Madonna) and now a younger one like Nicole (Britney would have been good but I guess she has a comeback to focus on).

    This makes more sense though than Cheryl Tweedy!

  65. Leila May 26, 2011

    LMAO!! you really believe what the anonymous people told to TMZ!! lollll this is a joke. Haters, you don’t understand that what Simon Cowell want, he get! I don’t care if fox Networkers are scare for they’re money. Cheryl Cole will stay.. This is just another BIG speculation about her just like the medias like to talk stories about her like a few months ago.. remember? she a judge, she not a judge.. c’mon!! leave her alone!! I understand she thinks she had enought.. everybody try to control her. Just remember, if TMZ said something, it doesn’t mean its the true. I wait for Cowell and FOX comment about that. Scandals and rumours, thats all about it.

  66. Aryo May 26, 2011

    This shudve happened a lot sooner, this causes cheryl fans to be upset!

  67. Aryo May 26, 2011

    americans will love nicole, cuz she knows how to make herself popular ( see: uk x factor)

  68. Aryo May 26, 2011

    hope cheryl isnt mad at Nicole cuz she didnt want cheryl to get fired!

  69. TESS May 26, 2011

    When all this blow’s over Cheryl will realise that its all for the best. That puffed up hair and plastic La La land look made her look awful. She’s a true natural beauty and that crazy American makeover was so fake looking.
    Cheryl come home to where you belong and where everybody loves you. Remember there is only one real X-Factor and thats the original – UK X-Factor.

  70. kurtz May 26, 2011

    Mariah is a hasbeen you best be joking right?

    What the Hell is Paula? Er she was famous
    in the 80s. Paula needs to be off it
    who cares for Paula

    Paula was obviously jealous
    Cant believe Simon he is
    so un loyal

    rather watch American idol now
    or the the voice

    who really cares for Paula or nicole
    is this nicole.s millionth attempt at breaking
    America on her own

    this show need.s Mariah to save it or i wont be
    watching Simon a hot mess usually i always
    agree with him but this is a joke

  71. Aryo May 26, 2011

    the job was first offered to mariah but she declined the offer!

  72. Taylor swifts number 1 fan May 26, 2011

    @Tand Thanks!

  73. SOULKATSTREETTEAM May 26, 2011

    Dont Mess with the
    that is Paula Abdul
    she will

  74. Sonya May 26, 2011

    I dont generaly comment on these type of things but I just have to this time!!! I find your article about Cheryl Cole insulting… and slagging her off for not being a good enough judge on the X Factor when 2 of her 3 acts over the the 3 years she’s been a judge won the competiotion. .. so how you can say she isn’t good enough is beyond me!!! I think she would have been brilliant on the US version and you’re a*** to think otherwise. She deserves to be there just as much as the others!!

  75. jennifer May 26, 2011

    hope she does not expect just to come back to the britains x-factor that would d be a shame for the people lined up for it, also it would be disrespectful to Dannii

  76. ursula phelan May 26, 2011

    It was never going to happen, this was all to help her so called music career in America and now they expect her to just walk back on to the UK Xfactor, who is she?? that she thinks the public will want her back…of course Simple Simon says……

  77. Sonya May 26, 2011

    I dont generally comment on these type of things but I just have to this time!!! I find your article about Cheryl Cole insulting… and slagging her off for not being a good enough judge on the X Factor when 2 of her 3 acts over the 3 years she’s been a judge won the competition. .. so how you can say she isn’t good enough is beyond me!!! I think she would have been brilliant on the US version and you’re a*** to think otherwise. She deserves to be there just as much as the others

  78. djdunkonthatbitch May 26, 2011

    Way more talented than the c*** kelly rowland

  79. E11 May 26, 2011

    i feel bad for cheryl cole. they shud have made their decision earlier before dropping her quicker than someone cud say your mums a flop… o dear

  80. E11 May 26, 2011

    cheryl has won twice. she wud have been fine. all u do is pik the songs… even i cud b on the panel ffs

  81. Nic May 27, 2011

    Oh! That’s good! Simon really made the wrong decision when she picked Cheryl. This kind of show really need talented acts to coach. Nicole is really qualified. She is very well-known worlwide. I think this show is really for her. Her statesides career is working now. Her single entered the Hot 100 and X Factor will really help her more.

    Yeah, maybe Nicole Scherzinger isn’t as big as Mariah Carey or Whitney, or the “S&M” lipsynchers in US but she proved herself so much when she was in the Pussycat Dolls. I think that, for me, is one proof. PCD won’t have multi-platinum album and singles w/o Nicole.

    You should see first what will happen before you throw all those bashes to Nicole.

  82. xfactor’s ballsack May 27, 2011

    x factor is beyond rubbish. cheryl can get fukked for all I care. But I hate paula abdul more. who the f*** is she anyway?

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