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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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46.

Becki    

Puh-lease tell me how somebody with absolutely no talent herself is mow going to BE a judge of talent???? Nicole is one shizz-nitty singer!!!!

1060 days ago
47.

daisy    

I like Cheryl and hate Nicole. Finally, I trust that Nicole will fail.

1059 days ago
48.

funky    

Those calling Cheryl Cole racist do not know her, she was married to a black guy

1059 days ago
49.

kandi    

Guess the jealous miserable fat slobs are happy that she's no longer a judge on the x factor. Why don't you idiots do something positive in your lives. It helps.

1059 days ago
50.

Seriously    

@Kandi what tell us all are you doing something positive in your life with your comment pot, kettle, black!

1059 days ago
51.

Seriously    

@ Kitten I also agree with all of your comments, and yes Cherly is a beautiful person on the outside, but to fight a toilet attendant and call her a racist name shows her character, and yes I also agree that she doesn't have any talent, I personaly do not rate Nicole's talent either because I can do without the rubbish that they are calling music, give me qosta or filter, or nin any day. If she didn't have these negative marks against her then I would think they dealt her a bad hand, but actions does speaks louder than words, once a racist always a racist, and she should have never attacked that lady in the bathroom because ****e stick to you. And to call people name and speak about them thinking that it won't get out, its call show business and everyone is fighting to get to the top, I do not have anything against the geordie accent at all, its not one of my fave to listen to, give me a welsh, yorkshire, scottish, irish accent, even a french accent anyday, its music to the ears. She knew she was going state side she should have done a upmost to get lessons on taming her accent if she truely wanted that job, she thought skating on her looks would get here there, but America isn't hard done by for beautiful women in Cali, they are a dime a dozen, all you need is a dallor to get ten of them. Simon made her a promise PROMISES ARE A COMFORT TO A FOOL.

1059 days ago
52.

Chris O.    

Yuck who the hell is Cheryl Cole?

1059 days ago
53.

decent    

maybe they found out she has a criminal record for racial battery

1059 days ago
54.

Keithw    

Simon Cowells just a gay diva who has shown his true colours - come on and out yourself

1059 days ago
55.

Barb    

Let's see how long this one lasts with that idiot Paula.

1059 days ago
56.

Angela     

This is what is called "Karma", hope she can still remember what she did to Gamu last year

1059 days ago
57.

fred    

I only hope Cheryl comes back here, as that is the only reason i watch it.These yanks have blown it again what do we expect.

1059 days ago
58.

Nathan    

Well Cheryl was the main reason I was going to watch X Factor. I loved watching the UK X Factor online because of her and was looking forward to seeing her on the US version of the show, guess I won't be watching now.

1059 days ago
59.

stripper heels    

Damn I hate to use Wikepedia to find out about this chick. She's all over TMZ. Don't know who the f*ck she is.

1059 days ago
60.

decent    

maybe the producers at Fox found out about racial battery conviction

1059 days ago
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