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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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61.

Jenny     

Shame Americans are too moronic, self-centered and culturally void to understand an accent from Northern England.

1186 days ago
62.

Mike C    

Yep, us'n Americans are too ignant to even try to be learned about uther english type wurd sounds. Ain't it goodly dat dem good ol' boys at Fox lean to be learning us all what we be need to knowed about English?

1186 days ago
63.

Sue    

I think Cheryl Cole was only really a guest judge for 4 days.There was a rumor before Cheryl announced that Simon was only able to get Fox to agree to let her guest judge because she was unknown and Simon brother kind of tweeted something along those lines. So I believe Simon's plan was to make seem like Cheryl was a judge so people take notice of her to help her brake America with her lip-syncing I singing career. It a publicity stunt to benefit both Simon and Cheryl. Too bad it wasn't a double fire both Cheryl and Nicole but I have a feeling that Nicole will gone before live shows. Isn't that about the time Mariah will be available to work?

1186 days ago
64.

anon    

bummed! NOT a fan of Nicole. No reason to watch now...I've watched Paula, Simon and Nicole judge on other singing shows.

1186 days ago
65.

Cujeaux    

Ugh, I hate that thick ****ney accent. Please ship her back. We don't need another Sharon Osborne here.

1186 days ago
66.

onewoman74    

RichardHeeneEPICFAIL - You couldn't have said it better. Gamu is smiling right now!!!
Cheryl you had a wonderful singer named Gamu to add to the XFactor mainstage. But you decided to pick the ****ty Katie W. who stunk up the stage.

Talk about karma....

1186 days ago
67.

Cujeaux    

LMAO - co-ckney isn't allowed. I should have known.

1186 days ago
68.

janet    

Who is she?

1186 days ago
69.

EHM    

Bad decision on the show's part. Paula is yesterdays news and was maybe jealous? Either way I will watch The Voice now.

1186 days ago
70.

lou    

Cheryl does have a point - the producers SHOULD have realized early on that her accent is too strong for most Americans to understand. But if she really, really wanted the gig, why didn't she for elocution lessons, to make herself more intelligible in America?

Well, it's a shame for her but I hope she works it out in the UK. I think she'd be a fool to leave the UK version of the show; it's a good gig, even if her pride is hurting.

1186 days ago
71.

MelloeMead    

Go to You Tube and search """Geordie Accents""' and you'll HEAR how difficult it is for us to understand them! Jeezeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, not kidding!

1186 days ago
72.

janet    

@lou...Don't know who she is but was it that bad? Have to agree, crappy thing to do.

1186 days ago
73.

asu    

This SUCKS!! I won't watch the show if she's not on it. All Paula brings is "you look great in that dress" or she just repeats what the judge before her said. Cheryl Cole has a great personality and is GORGEOUS. I'm not going to believe this until it's confirmed.

1186 days ago
74.

ToAllTheRetards    

Why do people like Cheryl Cole?? Cheryl Cole is a THUG and a racist. She beat up a poor, minimum-wage making African bathroom attendant like the YOB that she is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Cole#Personal_life

1186 days ago
75.

Deborah     

Some of these comments are so hilarious...So typically "if she don't speak the AMERICAN language then she aint no good" Only us AMERICANS can be famous in this vast universe called the US of A...
I know I know you think that most of these show were created in your great land because "HOW could any other country create something that is so fascinating to us Americans"
You really are your own downfall :/

1186 days ago
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