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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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16.

Lino    

karlew CLass? HAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHAH untalented racist bitch.

1249 days ago
17.

She IS A Lezzie    


What's the difference? One H0 vs. another H0.

These are not ladies. They are MEDIA WH0RES,

1249 days ago
18.

lisa2    

I am american and I like Cheryl. Having watched Xfactor from the UK online, I think she is sweet and beautiful.

Nicole may have more name recognition but I never really liked her as much on the episodes I viewed. JMO.

1249 days ago
19.

Jasper    

Maybe Simon realized the show is playing in America and one Brit on the panel is all we can stand. One Brit can be amusing. But when they cluster in groups, they get annoying.

1249 days ago
20.

ylg    

No Simon Nooooooo. Cheryl is a much better choice.

1249 days ago
21.

Sarah    

Oh please to the people who are saying shes a good judge, she is awful and knows nothing about talent, on the UK version last yr she choose 2 contestants who messed up there performance and had no talent when the rest of the people sang great and made no mistakes, shes nothing but a fake person, "sweet"? "nice"? you must not know about this w****s background, she beat up a black toilet attendent and punched her so hard she nearly lost her eye and couldnt see properly for months, she also was racist towards her and called her a black b***h, go search Sophie Amogbokpa and check the images if you dont believe me. Nicole is so much better yes shes had flops here but at least shes known and is actually talented, and is not a racist.

1249 days ago
22.

musiqbiz    

maybe she had trouble getting a visa to actually work here... Simon adores her, so can't think why else that would've happened...

1249 days ago
23.

Brittany    

And now I won't be watching this show. Why are they replacing the goddess that is Cheryl Cole with a lame *****cat Doll whose solo album flopped so hard?

1249 days ago
24.

Lew    

That totally sucks..I was looking forward to Cheryl. I like Nicole and everything but she hasnt even been able to sucessfully launch her solo career here in the US and Cheryl has more X-Factor expierience and seems more likable as a judge/mentor.

1249 days ago
25.

KTD    

Nicole did a brilliant guest spot on the British version of the show. She's a natural! I would have gone with her, too.

1249 days ago
26.

Kat    

Sarah, when you gave details of why you think Cheryl Cole is a racist I'm sure you just forgot to mention the fact that she was married, until recently divorcing, to a black man!

1249 days ago
27.

Frank    

Obviously untrue. Jounalist s*** making up stories again, to attract publicity to their website. The journalist who wrote this is one of the lowest forms of human life. Utter s***.

1249 days ago
28.

Jeff    

Simon is a total tool. Nice guy. This is how he treats his supposed friend and protege, by throwing her under the bus in full public view? Cheryl would do well to hit the "reset" button on all of her business advisors and companions and cut those ties. She obviously has been poorly served by these people and used. Now we are forced to watch just another cookie cutter show with a typical studio barbie creation who is on the down cycle of her career, just great.......Well, I won't be watching the show and that silly and pathetic muppet Cowell.

1249 days ago
29.

Sarah    

Kat actually he is mixed race and so what if she was with someone who is half black doesnt mean shes not racist, I hate when these racist people start saying oh "I got black friends" "oh I was with someone that was black" its funny how she quickly got with him so soon after all that happened, someone who is not racist will not say racist comments fullstop even when they are angry, the fact that she said all those racist things to that black woman suggest that she uses that kind of language often.

1249 days ago
30.

Kat    

Sarah, read Lalita's comment.... She summed it up so there is no need for me to.

1249 days ago
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