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'X-Factor' Judge

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by Pussycat Doll

5/25/2011 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Huge shakeup at Simon Cowell's new show "X-Factor" -- TMZ has learned singer Cheryl Cole will no longer be a judge ... and will be replaced by ex-"Pussycat Dolls" member Nicole Scherzinger.

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It's unclear why Cheryl is out -- but we're told the replacement happened very recently.

Nicole was originally supposed to co-host the show with Steve Jones when it debuts in September -- but now, she'll be sitting on the judge's panel alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and LA Reid.

Calls to Cowell's camp have not been returned.

Story developing ...

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1.

I am Spartacus    

boo Cheryl is hotter and would be a better judge.

1191 days ago
2.

jr70895    

Who gives a rats ass

1191 days ago
3.

karlew    

Who knows maybe they think the American public likes witchy faced trash better than attractive British class.

1191 days ago
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misscheeky    

I suspect its got something to do

http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/25/x-factor-judge-cheryl-cole-replacement-replaced-by-*****cat-doll-nicole-scherzinger-simon-cowell-paula-abdul-la-reid-judge-panel-host/

scroll down and see that women's face

1191 days ago
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misscheeky    

sorry wrong link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1334558/Cheryl-Coles-assault-conviction-stop-US-X-Factor-judge.html

1191 days ago
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Truth    

HAHAHAHA, I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. I CALLED IT THE WEEK THEY ANNOUNCED THE HOSTS AND NICOLE SCHERZINGER WAS NOT A JUDGE... I THOUGHT WTF??? SHE IS MORE WELL KNOWN THEN CHERYL COLE STATE SIDE EVEN THOUGH SHE'S A Z-LISTED PERFORMER WITH A TRACK RECORD OF FLOPPED ALBUMS AS A SOLO ARTIST. THERE IS NO WAY THEY WOULD ALLOW 2 HOSTS FOR XFACTOR. SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE. I KNEW THEY SLIP NICOLE IN JUDGING ONCE THEY GOT RID OF CHERYL "LIP SYNCING" COLE. STRANGE, CUZ CHERYL HAD A CONTRACT FOR XFACTOR UK BEFORE THIS SO I KNEW HER XFACTOR US WAS JUST A TEST RUN. THEY DIDNT LIKE HER TRIAL RUN AND SHE'S GONE. GOOD RIDDANCE BACK ACROSS THE POND.

TRUTH!!!! #WINNER

1191 days ago
7.

Throwback kid    

Who cares about a couple of C listers?

1191 days ago
8.

Miera    

Fake. Why would they just kick Cheryl out? The audience at the tapings and the contestants loved her. No booing, her accent was fine, she is a lovely person, this story makes no sense.

Stupid to do something like this, no?
Fake until Simon Cowell himself says it.

1191 days ago
9.

Meanie    

Was she fired cuz she wouldn't suck off that ego maniac?

1191 days ago
10.

Merritt    

Isn't this the gal they were trying to force her to break up with Derek Hough? Maybe she refused.

1191 days ago
11.

kinm    

hate them both - not that I watch any of those stupid shows ....

1191 days ago
12.

angeleyes    

I'm glad Cheryl is gone - she dumped Derek Hough for this gig - stupid wench - IMO.

1191 days ago
13.

Britnasty    

Simon can take this show and shove it up his ass. CHERYL IS THE ONLY REASON THIS SHOW WAS GOOD. ****ING IDIOTS.

1191 days ago
14.

Jim in Cali    

ouch. Cole is so hot.

1191 days ago
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tony    

that sucks i loved her so much

1191 days ago
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