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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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196.

American Angle    

America misses the opportunity to get aquainted with the mother tongue of its most famous founding father George Washington. Yes America, George Washingtons ancestral home and family are from the North East of England just a few miles from where Cheryl was born. She speaks the oldest form of English known, originating from the Angles who actually gave England its name. Chery'l like her kinsman George and the rest of the Patriots were never understood for being different. An audience that is fed what it knows is a beacon for the dumb and dumber.

1161 days ago
197.

Joe    

She is awesome. Cheryl is amazing. She speaks ENGLISH! Get over it or get your own language! English from England.

1161 days ago
198.

EvilPromise    

Well, that leaves out watching Paula Rule yet another crappy program!

DUMBEST move ever Simon... Cheryl is 10fold better looking and more entertaining then Paula could ever be... not to mention, SOBER!!!!

X-Factor has been X'd off my list forever :>

1161 days ago
199.

jfromuk    

lol. i find it hilarious the bull **** excuses. and for americans slating her. i recall if it wasnt for us english. u lot would be speaking spanish now and maybe your country wouldnt be as noticed then as it is now by speaking the english language. im sure its all a farce for ratings to surge. just american ****iness yet again.

1161 days ago
200.

dave    

Who the hell are these people? never heard of Cheryl Cole.

1161 days ago
201.

Ellie    

That's extremely disappointing. Cheryl was the reason I've been looking forward to the X-Factor US! I understood her well enough on the X-Factor UK, and I'm not even a native speaker, so the accent surely can't be the main reason? I, for one, thought Simon, Paula and Cheryl made a great panel, but apparently someone who has a say in the matter particularly didn't want Cheryl there. The 'lack of chemistry' comment makes me wonder if maybe Paula wasn't big on sharing Simon (with someone, may I say, prettier than she is); he's known for valuing her opinion. :| At this rate, Nicole is next...

1161 days ago
202.

leelee    

yawn !!!!!!!!!!!! she was just doing the show so she can get fame by putting her music out in the U.S fame whore go back to the UK

1161 days ago
203.

Heilige Bimbam    

Her Geordie accent is even by Geordie standards quite extreme. After all Melanie B aka Scary Spice has a Geordie accent which is not difficult to understand.She is truly beautiful, but her comments on X Factor in the UK were boring.Only Simon Cowells infatuation with her has propelled such an untalented person to such heights. Good riddance

1161 days ago
204.

Heilige Bimbam    

This is for the Cheryl Cole US fans:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3207822.stm
http://www.youtube.com/wach?v=UpWus7NUeyY

1161 days ago
205.

Heilige Bimbam    

This is for the Cheryl Cole US fans:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3207822.stm
http://www.youtube.com/wach?v=UpWus7NUeyY

1161 days ago
206.

anne    

I think Fox is humiliated all Americans if the accent is the issue. America is the country to contain all races with their different accent. Fox suck...

1161 days ago
207.

jfromuk    

well said anne, if Americans cant understand her then says alot for their multicultural society lol.

1161 days ago
208.

suzieq    

Perhaps the found out what an aggresive little madam she can be,That she cant sing live,loves centre of attention,Oh and she has a criminal record which i suppose could affect her visa

1161 days ago
209.

CJ    

She has a beautiful accent no one has a problem understanding her. If I can understand Ozzy Osburne I can understand anyone!

1161 days ago
210.

JamesB    

I like Paula. The show goes on. Cheryl will be fine elsewhere.

1161 days ago
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