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Cheryl Cole out of American X Factor

The former Girls Aloud singer was said to have been replaced by Nicole Sherzinger, 32, formerly a singer with the Pussycat Dolls.

Cole, 27, had been a controversial choice for the judging panel on Simon Cowell’s eagerly awaited show because she is an unknown in America.

Representatives of the show were remaining tight lipped but executives at the Fox network, which is behind it, were known to have concerns over the singer’s Geordie accent and her lack of profile in the US.

After auditions began there were also concerns that she had a “lack of chemistry” with fellow judge Paula Abdul, the celebrity news website TMZ reported.

She was announced as a judge on the American version of the singing talent show earlier this month after heated speculation about whether she could make it on the other side of the Atlantic.

She was due to be on the panel alongside Cowell, and respected former record boss LA Reid.

The move meant her leaving the British version of the hit programme after three years.

Days after her new role was revealed Cole admitted she had “stepped out of her comfort zone to do the show in America but insisted that her strong accent would be no problem for US audiences.

She said: “Americans can always understand me. I've been here a lot, I've got a lot of American friends and we have the odd moments where they're like 'What? What did that mean?' - you know, a phrase.

“But I think that it's going to be something that people get used to. And I'm proud of my accent.”

Fox said it had no information on the singer’s status as a jusge and representatives of Cowell and the show's producers did not immediately comment.

The much-hyped show, created by Cowell, is the highlight of Fox's autumn schedule.

It reunites Cowell with his old American Idol sparring partner Abdul and offers an unprecedented $5 million prize to the winner.

 

 

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