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Cheryl Cole's Accent

Too Thick for 'X-Factor'

5/25/2011 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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. .

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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.

Steve Jones will now be the only host on the show -- which debuts in September -- since Nicole Scherzinger will be filling Cheryl's seat on the judging panel.

Calls to Simon Cowell still haven't been returned.

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1.

L    

Hilarious! Who doens't love Paula? Bye Bye Cheryl.

1191 days ago
2.

Areader    

Gotta love Simon!

1191 days ago
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Mina    

Last time I checked, Simon Cowell also has a british accent and americans can understand him but not Cheryl? I smell a rat!

1191 days ago
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KTD    

She was made fun of in the press. They talked about her cankles and her thick legs. Not the kind of press she's used to. Also, rumour is she's sleeping with Cowell.Maybe that went south, too.

1191 days ago
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Amanda    

Somewhere Brian Dunkelman waits for a call.

1191 days ago
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Alex    

People who were at the auditions loved Cheryl Cole and said that they could understand her accent. This is humiliating and I think that Cheryl Cole deserved better.

1191 days ago
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Matt    

She doesn't have an english accent, she has a thick geordie. Sometimes I, as a Brit, have trouble understanding her

1191 days ago
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Aileen (Canada)    

Cheryl and Simon have been a sneeky item for a few years now. He thought he could palm her off on the American public in the same way he has on Britain's X Factor. The girl is limited in talent but very pretty. That is about it. That, and the love of Simon Cowell has helped rocket her to a fame she does not deserve. I could kiss the producers that stopped Simon - mwah, mwah! Simon promised Cheryl success in America and couldn't deliver. Not such a Midas afterall!

1191 days ago
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Amanda    

I could understand Cheryl's accent at auditions and she and Paula got along really well. In fact, they were hilarious together.

1191 days ago
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Britnasty    

**** THAT NOISE. HER ACCENT HAS BEEN THERE SINCE DAY ONE. GET THE **** OUT OF HER FOX. HOW MANY *******S DID NICOLE GIVE THE PRODUCERS TO GET THAT SPOT!?

1191 days ago
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Victoria    

I knew this was a bad idea.
She didn't just have an English accent, she had a Geordie accent...it's a very thick accent, and even I (born and raised in England) have trouble understanding it.
Also, to Americans, she is nobody...so why did she get a seat on the panel in the first place?!?!

1191 days ago
12.

kinm    

yeah sure that is the reason why she's replaced

1191 days ago
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Lisa    

Not fair. I have never heard her speak, but this is just cruel to do this to her. You will think that accent and chemistry is what they test before you hand her the job. You don't hand her the job and after few episodes..you say "Oh yeah, we can't understand you."

1191 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

Southern rednecks complaint to FOX: I can't reckon what da brit is saying... shoo weee, where's the esp button!

1191 days ago
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Carrie    

They knew what her accent was like when they hired her! This is ridiculous.

1191 days ago
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