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Nicole Scherzinger: Cheryl Cole's X Factor Replacement

Nicole Scherzinger: Cheryl Cole's X Factor Replacement

Nicole Scherzinger is replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge on the American version of The X Factor, can confirm.

The 32-year-old entertainer was originally slated to co-host the show but will serve as a judge instead.

Here’s the official statement from Fox, FremantleMedia and Syco TV: “Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of The X Factor. Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5 million dollar recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of The X Factor.”

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  • Kim

    Sucks for Cheryl..

  • hmm

    wait, i thought cheryl was coming back? what is it? she’s staying or leaving? gosh.

  • john

    Smons pr hustle game is on point.. he certainly knows how to get people talking about his shows… hes already gotten more press than the voice and american idol this year it seems combined..

  • juju

    Well I think Nicole will be a better judge ….. sorry for cheryl, she should have said yes to the UK X Factor.

  • Dubya Bush

    Just cancel this show already! Geez!

  • ká simply amazing !!!!!!!

    nice girls

  • racist biatch

    cheryl hates the blacks she beat up on some african and her publicists made her marry a black soccer player to help clean up her image

  • Zahra

    They are both good judges I have seen them both on the UK X Factor, but feel quite sorry for Cheryl. This is official confirmation everything before was speculation but this was an actual statement from FOX. I still think the show will be quite good so nobody has to worry

  • http://ja slig o lambert^________^ cute

    she have hasband play box not soccer player

  • BEAN

    Look im british and I dont even understand what the hell she is saying sometimes. I quite like the geordie accent though but for an American – it will be impossible to understand what she is saying. Replacing her is awful, tactless and humiliating for her, but they should never have considered her in the first place. It was only because of Cheryl’s – in fact British celebrities obsession with “cracking” America. Sucks to be her indeed.

  • c

    Who cares?? Cole and Cowell are both vile I can’t stand them

  • khloe

    cheryl needs to be weaned off suckling from simons man boobs LOL!!!

  • Alaia

    She probably slept with someone to get the job, but anything beats Cheryl Troll.

  • Beds

    both are amazing but i prefer Nicole !! :)

  • thorthumbnicklebee

    Pathetic! How desperate they are to get such publicity. Happy for Nicole she deserves it more. In my opinion now that they have replaced Cheryl (which was a good call) they should do one bettter replace Simon & Paula then it might be worh watching. I’m not tuning in.

  • Tedd

    she’s an amazing woman…they should not puppet around for some publicity,,,feel sorry for her,,, NOW I DON’T THINK I’LL WATCH THE SHOW !

  • simon

    I still prefer Cheryl by watching all those episodes from UK X-factor…i am expecting fox to make another statement for Cheryl in judging panel….

  • nick

    I love you cheryl…’re gonna get better one …bigger than the lame X-factor!!

  • alice

    I wont be tuning in, i hope it fails. So low from FOX. Humiliating Cheryl like that, watch this all being a PR stunt if it is I hope Cheryl says ‘Screw them americans’ and takes place on the UK version of the Voice or goes back to UK X Factor. TEAMCHERYL .

  • dgasdfs

    Good for Nicole! Nicole is a lovely judge on “The Sing-Off”. And I think two hosts was kind of silly anyway – much better with one host.
    I have no clue who Cheryl Cole is but I’m glad she’s not judging. In my opinion, since it is an American talent search there should only be American judges.

  • anna

    Thats not true. Cheryl Cole is the judge now not Nicole whatshername.

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  • cara

    yes!! i much rather nicole as a judge!!

  • Allie

    There is official confirmation from SYCO – that is Simon Cowell’s company that runs the X FActor. Cheryl’s not on it, Nicole is. That was obviously FOX’s plan all along – American Idol showed that 2 hosts do not work. Nicole is not a host – FOX had her as a safety net as they thought that Cheryl would not work. I liked Cheryl on the UK version but she would not work in the US. She is completely unknown to most of the general public in the US, and her accent is hard to understand. I’m british and I have to listen to her a bit harder than I would with Simon.

    Hopefully this will allow the US public to see the real Nicole – she came across really well on the UK version and I’ve met her at F1 races and she’s always been really lovely.

  • ringo

    Nooooooooo……Cheryl is amazing!!!!

  • In The Know

    Nicole Shtznburger is Ron Fair’s seriously over-hyped preened block of clay, with one tenth the personality and charisma of Cheryl Cole.

    Rumpelstiltskin is playing to Peoria and Toledo with no balls and more sameness which is why any great creative musical art is like it always was…..from the Beatles to Adele……… coming from London.

    Maybe they can get Beyonce to writhe around the stage like an injured Clydesdale to premier the show. Go America! Yay!

    Check out what the industry sites are saying about this debacle. Maybe Charlie can get in on the spin.

  • yay

    she probably couldn’t get a visa no matter how connected she was. if you have a criminal record (especially assault charges), you cannot emigrate to america PERIOD or any other country.

  • Allie

    Nicole is way better than Cheryl. On her guest stint last year, she gave contestants constructive criticism, which is something Cheryl never did, she was empathetic, she was funny, she showed off her personality. Cheryl generally said one of three things – “Shut up Simon/Louis!, “you’re right up my street”, or “I didn’t get it” I don’t understand why the US public don’t like Nicole. She was amazing in rent last year, she actually sings live, something Cheryl cannot be bothered to do if she can’t stand still for the whole song, she can dance, she’s a genuinely nice person if you meet her and the UK seem to really like her – granted, the fact that her boyfriend is one of the UK’s top sport stars may mean we like her for that too, but she was great on the X Factor last year.

    I don’t think Cheryl cares about breaking the US as a music artist – it was just about being famous. Other UK artists have broken through in the US without a tv show for a platform. Cheryl just doesn’t seem to want to put the work in, either in the UK or the US.

  • cherylcoleUSfan

    Team Cheryl..Ugh..Cheryl you still have American Fans..Chezza keep your head up!!

  • rhrdthrth

    dam b Nicole your mouth must be sour will all the dic ks you sucked for that job. Unlike you Cheryl has talent and grace.

    I’m so sad :’(

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  • KaraD.

    UGH! I can’t believe this is true. Good job FOX on making people not want to watch your show.

  • haley584

    Accounts of there being any confusion with Cheryl’s accent are completely false if not exaggerated. I attended the Chicago taping of the live auditions and was able to understand Cheryl perfectly. If any misunderstanding took place it was with an 80-yr. old contestant that had a hard time hearing ALL FOUR JUDGES’ comments and from what I recall, it was Simon who was asked to repeat himself for not being understood clearly.

  • Catherine

    I still prefer Cheryl by watching UK XF.