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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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Jim in Cali    

well don't you think that might actually create buzz for the show. People can speculate what she said after the show. These shows have to have a little train wreck in them to be interesting.

1197 days ago
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skenj    

this is a load of bull****. fake!

1197 days ago
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Kevin    

Not buying this! They leave it until NOW to decide her accent is a problem? FLUSH.

1197 days ago
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Steve    

You only need one host....and that's me!

1197 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

I followed this show over youtube while it solely existed in Europe! Simon is a ****head for doing this and he sounds like a moron. I loved x factor europe but simon can go suck the hoilybejeebsussess ou of me an the others.

1197 days ago
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Steve    

Holy Schnikes! Cheryl Cole is smokin hot! Get rid of Paula and keep Cole...you know, out with the old...and talentless!

1197 days ago
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ike4nsync    

That's it, replace a woman who has been successful in a group and as a solo artist with Nicole who failed in Eden's Crush, failed as a solo artist after that. She got in a PCD and was successful, then failed as a solo artist. Went back to PCD, had more success then failed as a solo artist again. Good choice Fox. That's a lot of fail right there.

1197 days ago
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piratesrule8    

@mina
Britain has many different regions with many VERY different accents. Cheryl Cole is a geordie like me (from Newcastle Upon Tyne) and a Geordie accent is a completely different accent to Simon Cowell's generic "British accent".

1197 days ago
24.

Tony    

THAT'S NOT FAIR! I WANT CHERYL BACK IN THE USA X FACTOR.

1197 days ago
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Lorraine    

Just to point out - there are hundreds of English accents - we don't all sound like Hugh Grant y'know. Cheryl Cole is from Newcastle; which has one of the strongest regional accents in England and quite a lot of Americans will struggle to understand her as they just aren't used to it. I'm English, with a London/Coventry accent and I've had Americans not understand me when I have asked for water - Wart-ter not Wah-ter and it's not difficult. Cheryl didn't stand a chance.

1197 days ago
26.

Gangsta    

Last time i checked... Newcastle is in England. So to the people who commented "she doesnt have an English accent, she has a Geordie one" need to check their geography knowledge.
NEWSFLASH to people of USA... people of UK have all kinds of accents, we dont all sound like the Queen.
As for this story... who cares?? Seriously, this made Sky news! LMAO.

1197 days ago
27.

Jeff    

No brainer Cheryl, cut the ties with Cowell and XFactor - losers.

1197 days ago
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karlew    

LOL hope the American public is insulted that these producers so undersetimate their intelligence. It's an accent for f*ck's sake. There's accents all over the tv. Do the producers think y'all can only understand southern drawl. lol

1197 days ago
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captn moonlight    

We can understand some that speaks English in this country? That is the funniest damn thing I have heard all day! I am guessing Paula Abdul the diva had something to do with it.

1197 days ago
30.

Mary Bailey    

Oh please, what a pile of BS. Everyone knew what Cheryl sounded like before they hired her. Cheryl and Paula not getting along is the more believable reason for her getting fired.

1197 days ago
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