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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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Lydiamonds    

Oh come on Cheryl Cole is not racist, she was married to a black man! That and the fact she's incredibly good friends with Will.i.am who last time I checked was black as well! Yes she hit a toilet attendant who HAPPENED TO BE BLACK, I hate when people shove the race card down for the sake of it. A jury UNAMIOUSLY said it wasnt a racist assault, and I have faith in the British jury system thank you. If people actually bothered to look up the case, you'll find that the attendant accused her of taking a lollipop without paying, drunken 20yr old Cheryl and attendant got in an argument, which ended up turning nasty and the woman's eye got hit....hence why she got an assault conviction, not a racially aggrivated one.

1161 days ago
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Ames    

Nicole's solo career is a flop, what makes her qualified to judge!!??

1161 days ago
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ttandparty    

Ok, I think some people are expecting too much from these judges here in the US. They are not looking for someone who has musical/singing talent or the best voice etc. They are looking for a tv personality. Big difference. You can be mega talented or influential in the music world, but it doesn't mean you'll make good TV. Cheryl has a good schtick and judging style of being all sensitive and portraying that she knows what the kids are listening to or want to see in their popstars. Nicole seemed even more sensitive when she was a guest judge last year. Fox thinks she's like Cheryl w/ an American accent. I hope she's not too boring for the show though. It's funny, if Cheryl never got malaria last year Nicole would never have filled in and probably not even have been considered for this job.
This is kind of humiliating the way Simon and Fox handled this whole thing regarding Cheryl being a judge. If her accent and state side profile was that big of a deal she never should have been considered. But all publicity is good publicity right? Really curious how her people will spin this, and if she'll go back to the UK version. I wouldn't blame her if she doesn't after this mess...

1160 days ago
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ralph    

i dont belief you guys, this news isnt true untill cowell will say it.

Cheryl should stay a judge or im not watching this damn show. (netherlands)

1160 days ago
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nancy    

she is a spoit brat. didnt like the lack of attention from simon cowell over there. jealous of paula. didnt have the confidence to mingle with the other stars. like a fish out of water.

1159 days ago
66.

Bevin     

This issue has concerned me deeply, and given me many sleepless nights.

1146 days ago
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