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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.

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31.

Jay    

Actually I agree with Sarah, Cheryl Cole is a racist and her PR team were quick to dispel the fact she used a racist term against her. Yes, the attack itself wasn't racially motivated she was drunk tried to walk away with the lollipop and then punched the toilet attendent when she refused but I'm sorry if a black artist had committed the same crime against a white old female toilet attendant there would have been a national uproar.

Whether you agree if she is racist or not, you know that last statement is true!

1224 days ago
32.

Jay    

I have already said the attack wasn't racially motivated but she used a racial slur and after punching her out and it was more than black b*tch that is racist, which makes it more than an interracial attack! I believe she got the right sentencing but what annoys me the most is the fact she wins 'woman of the year' and called the Nation's sweetheart, like honestly are you being serious, she has done nothing that I would like to aspire to! Do you really think Chris Brown would get the same treatment (not condoning what he did cause it is despicable) he was also young as you claim but no one wants to forget his assault charges. And before you say its not the same it is, the cir***stance may be different, the intention is the same.

1224 days ago
33.

GARYHALLENTERRTAINMENT    

The shallow aspect of the entire prospect of being judged before even being considered by a record label pollutes the whole creative process, this just gives the label a narrow view of the artist, because their determination is skewed by the bias or judgment of an unqualified third party, thereby, limiting the labels access to a great performer or even a superstar!!

1224 days ago
34.

Malibooo    

Simon is a complete moron and loser. Nicole is a "has been" who's star is on the decline. Cheryl is not and would have really made the show different instead of the same old fare, cookie cutter studio barbie dolls they wheel out for all of these shows. Most of all, what does this say about Simon as a person as he throws his supposed good friend, in public, right under the wheels of the bus. What Simon, don't you have enough money, you silly muppet?

1224 days ago
35.

justsaying    

They could have gotten someone with more music credibility, but Nicole will not be a sore on my eyes, lol.

1224 days ago
36.

lisa    

thats rubbish i chat with her on twitter get your facts right tmz

1224 days ago
37.

GARYHALLENTERRTAINMENT    

WHEN WILL WE TAKE OUR MUSIC BACK FROM THE FAKERS AND POSERS THAT TRY TO BE THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, THE AI, AGT, XFACTOR FRANCHISE HAS TRIED TO CORNER THE MARKET, AND DICTATE WHO IS ALLOWED IN AND WHO IS KEPT OUT, THE UNFAIR BIAS IS AS CLEAR AS DAY, WHEN ALL OF THE WINNERS, DESPITE THE CLAIM THAT THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE, NEVERTHELESS, LAST YEARS WINNER OF AGT WAS A SUB-STANDARD PERFORMER, AND NOW THE TWO FINALISTS FOR AI ARE INEXPERIENCED COUNTRY SINGERS, THAT CATERS TO A SELECT AUDIENCE, AND LEAVES THE MAJORITY OF MUSIC FANS WONDERING WHEN THEIR MUSIC WILL BE REPRESENTED, SUCH AS BLACK R+B MUSIC WITH SUCH GREAT PERFORMERS LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON, MARVIN GAYE, JACKIE WILSON, AND LUTHER VANDROSS AND MANY OTHERS, WHO'S EFFORTS MADE POPULAR MUSIC WHAT IT IS TODAY, WE MUST INSIST THAT ALL GENRES OF MUSIC BE REPRESENTED, AND NO ONE SPECIFIC AGE GROUP DOMINATE THE PROCESS. UNLESS THE PROCESS IS TRULY FAIR AND RESPECTFUL OF THE LEGACY'S OF ALL GENRES OF MUSIC, THEN PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK ELSEWHERE, INSTEAD OF THE PROPPED UP MILLION DOLLAR KARAOKE CONTESTS

1224 days ago
38.

Chris    

Cheryl was a terrible judge/mentor on UK xfactor. Nicole would be surperior. Maybe Cheryl's race hate shame a few years ago have come back to haunt her

1224 days ago
39.

missvb    

Look guys firstly lets address a few issues

1.) whether your a fan of hers or not ( which I'm not) there is no way you can stand up and say Cheryl Cole is a credible musician, or singer, she mimes her performances and her voice is not up to par, so how Simon has the audacity to put someone untalented musically on the panel is farcical!
2.) yes she may have been in girls aloud, they haven’t had acclaimed success and while I myself do like their songs, none of them are unique and talented as musicians as solo artist, that’s why they all flop when they try to have a solo career.
3.) Yes Cheryl has had a number one, but the sales were based on hype from the x factor, as she only conveniently releases a song when x factors on, its been months why hasn't she released a record yet? because no one will but it, this was evident in her song floods which flopped
4.) Cheryl is a naturally pretty girl and no one can take that away from her, but her looks can be achieved by many girls in the world who have disposable income on fixing your teeth, and putting fake hair in!
5.) this leads me to the point of Cheryl getting paid millions for L’Oreal when she’s just wearing a full head of fake hair! what kind of message does that send out to young girls, it certainly isn't positive, its not just Cheryl’s fault but the brands itself, who define beauty on silly things such as fake hair, and unrealistic looks
6.) I'm mixed myself and am not sure of the racist comments made by Cheryl, but I will tell you anyone who has to stoop as low as saying " i have black friends" or " my boyfriends black" is the first sign of a racist because you have to justify your racism by claiming to know someone. Clearly looking at Cheryl’s chavvy council estate ridden background she was probably around people who use derogatory language that’s why during the altercation with the toilet attendant the racist slur came out so naturally
7.) also people claims she’s the nations sweetheart well she isn’t mine, she thinks she’s a good role model, but let us see, Ashley cheated on her, they got a divorce and yet she still hasn’t dropped his name? clearly she’s fame hungry if she cant even get by on her own name.

Simon should not have put her on x factor US in the first place, maybe she should concentrate on actually having a career because of a talent, not because of her looks and desperation of seeking attention from the paparazzi.

1224 days ago
40.

Craig    

I could go either way re:Cheryl, but I REALLY dont like nicole. I hate the way she talks and she tries to sound so sweet when he's actually giving off this total diva vibe. If she's judging, I'll change the channel.

1224 days ago
41.

Nancy    

I'm so sick of so'oooo much hype and lies! Who knows what will be for sure but I believe Nicole is ruthless and may do 'anything to squeeze her way in, she's even copying Mezhgan's ways!! She Can Go!, please..... Keep beautiful Cheryl!

1224 days ago
42.

sarah    

im devastated. i absolutely love cheryl.

this is an abomination

1224 days ago
43.

dcmcc    

Met Nicole way back when she was in Edens Crush and she was sweet and charming - I have no doubt she will bring that to the show as well. I can't say enough good things about her.

1224 days ago
44.

MoonDust    

Maybe she is just a racist cow....Better stay in the UK, we in the USA don't like racist bi tches! Ask Mel Gibson!

1224 days ago
45.

Cheryl Cole    

Nicole should have never had been a co-host and should have always had the judges spot in the first place....instead of Tweedy

1224 days ago
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