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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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76.

FLO    

It was stupid to give her the job b4 doing a test market study on her. She is too rough and lacks the skills to translate herself into the US market.

1193 days ago
77.

CRAZYGIRL    

NOTHING BEATS SIMON AND PAULA TOGETHER!!!! CHERYL PRETTY, BIG IN THE UK, BUT I DON'T THINK THE STATES WOULD GET HER !!! SIMON WILL MISS HER, AS HIS CIGGY GIRL!!! GO PAULA!!!!

1193 days ago
78.

chris     

WHO?

1193 days ago
79.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Americans can not understand her thick Geordie accent?

What a load of rubbish that is when Americans have no problem understanding stupid rappers speaking their ebonics ghetto crap.

1193 days ago
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PRO US    

Jenny 43 minutes ago

Shame Americans are too moronic, self-centered and culturally void to understand an accent from Northern England.
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Could someone who reads "Northern England English" please translate what the person above wrote into American standard English, please and post the translation for us people who read American English? Thanks!

1193 days ago
81.

Jeff    

Seriously, it's time to stop picking on this lady. Arnold is the one who cheated. Why aren't you focusing more of your negative energies on him.

1193 days ago
82.

janet    

Simon Cowell above all else is a businessman. Who is Steve Jones?

Way too many of the same shows. Nothing origional. The same crap, same format just different titles.

1193 days ago
83.

Matt    

I'm American and can understand Cheryl perfectly fine. The way she talks is rather endearing. Their loss. I won't be tuning into X-factor anymore without Cheryl.

1193 days ago
84.

PRO US    

Deborah 18 minutes ago

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 :/
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@Deborah: We're doing fine here in the good old USA. Thanks for your concern. We're still the richest and most powerful nation on Earth with more Nobel Prize Winning scientists than any other nation. What second rate, but I'm sure still lovely country are you from? Your envy of the USA is plain for all to see. Remember to not call us when you need someone to save you from your leader or some other country invading you next time. We'll be busy washing our hair. Toot a loo, bucko.

1193 days ago
85.

george fudge!    

This is an outrage!
Cheryl Cole can be understood perfectly and she blows Paula Abdul away in the looks dept. Who the heck is Steve Jones, get rid of that no-name before Cheryl.

No point in watching the show now. Hope Cowell loses a boatload of money on this.

1193 days ago
86.

Carl    

Just watched a video of her talking and I don't see what the big deal is. It is kind of like a mild Scottish accent (I know it isn't actually Scottish but it is similar). Anyway, no one in the US really knows who she is so going with someone people recognize is a better idea. For example, compare Kara to Steven and Jennifer on AI.

1193 days ago
87.

KMD    

OMG, SOOOOO DEPRESS, I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO SEE CHERYL ON THE US VERSION, SHES SUCH A GREAT MENTOR, IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD SEE HER ON X FACTOR UK THEY WILL UNDERSTAND WHY SHE IS SO GOOD FOR THE JOB.

"LACK OF CHEMISTRY" THEY PROBABLY WANTED HER TO MAKE OUT WITH PAULA AND KISS EVERYONES ASS.

HER ENGLISH IS UNDERSTANDABLE, EVEN FOR ME, ENGLISH IS NOT MY FIRST LANGUAGE AND I UNDERSTAND HER JUST PERFECT.AFTER ALL THE BUZZ I CREATED MY SELF FOR THE SHOW, NOT TUNNING IN FOR SURE.

1193 days ago
88.

john    

this is pure ****, and to anyone saying they cant understand englsih accents, take a look at your own cos their accents are how the language is supposed to sound

1193 days ago
89.

george fudge!    

I guess the new Irish O'bama will be next to go, Americans won't understand him when he gets back.

Obviously the producers are deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only a matter of time before Paula falls off the wagon or forgets to take her meds. And the other girl has no talent.

1193 days ago
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george fudge!    

I guess the new Irish O'bama will be next to go, Americans won't understand him when he gets back.

Obviously the producers are deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only a matter of time before Paula falls off the wagon or forgets to take her meds. And the other girl has no talent, as if she could judge anyone.

1193 days ago
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