WHAT? British singer Cheryl Cole, who had already been presented as a judge on the US version of “The X Factor” (watch video below), will now be replaced by former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally set to host the show with a new face, Steve Jones.
The original judges’ panel included Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Cheryl. Apparently X Factor producers were concerned about Cheryl’s thick British accent and feared Americans would not be able to understand her. Seriously? Are they basically saying Americans are way too stupid to understand English with an accent? Really?
The accent was most probably just an excuse to get rid of Cheryl since her relationship with fellow judge Paula was not exactly the best. The two had no “chemistry” and Cheryl is no Paula Abdul. Cheryl is a super sweet girl, but as a judge she is plain boring. This might have been the right decision.
Producers now want Cheryl to return to the UK version of the show. However, Cheryl is extremely angry about how the situation was handled and how they basically manhandled her. The 27 year-old was ready to settle in the US for some time and now she is forced to change her plans.
The X-Factor Cheryl Cole Promo Video