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'X Factor' to Cheryl Cole: For Money, Not Love

6/5/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources at "X Factor" tell TMZ ... FOX and Fremantle (the producers of the show) are trying to get Cheryl Cole back on the program, a week after giving her her walking papers ... but it's more about the bottom line than about loving Cheryl.

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Our sources say when producers told Cheryl she wasnt right for the U.S. version of "X Factor," they tried to put her on the UK version of the show. Cheryl's managers wanted £2.5 million and producers thought it was too much, so the deal went south.

We're told Cheryl was due to get paid around $1.5 million for the U.S. show -- about what Paula Abdul and LA Reid are making -- but she has not decided whether to accept and come back.

The whole situation becomes even messier when you take into account Nicole Scherzinger -- who was originally hired as a host, but was moved to being a judge when Cheryl was axed. Her position on the show now seems to be up in the air.

Our sources say Cheryl's deal with the U.S version is "pay or play" -- meaning she gets paid whether she does the show or not. We're told execs at FOX -- and especially at Fremantle -- dont want to lose the money ... so it's better to have her on the show than not.


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anonymous_cool    

I am no fan of Cheryl Tweedy Cole. In fact, I hate they way she manipulated Simon Cowell to rig the show for her last year but I'll defend her in saying there is no way she is racist. A cow but not racist.

1047 days ago
92.

dimes    

*** Mary Bailey 50 minutes ago

How can Paula mentor singers? Back during Paula's heyday as a "singer," there were accusations her vocals were mixed with the vocals of people who could actually sing to make her sound decent. If XF or AI were concerned about their judges knowing how to sing, then Paula, Dannii formerly of XF UK or Cheryl would have never been judges. If you want judges who can sing, watch The Voice.***

Excellent points.

1047 days ago
93.

drew    

Anon -- on page 3 you referred to syco as Simon's record label ( It's actually the production company for his UK show the x factor ). He is a manager and not responsible for the marketing of new albums, that belongs to the label. If you were a singer you would die to sign with his company based on his success. Look at his past and current acts and see how well they've done

1047 days ago
94.

Kierstie    

I don't know who she is really, but I've heard she's very patronizing towards people and thinks she is better than them. Feel a bit disheartened about this obvious media stunt- hope Nicole is a judge-she is a good singer and smoking hot dancer!

1047 days ago
95.

drew    

blackmoon rising -- aka moonpie --- what would you do if a white person came after you while you were in the bathroom of an establishment in East Orange ?

1047 days ago
96.

drew    

Jay


A bigger lady leans into ( see your post ) a smaller lady and the smaller lady punches her one ( ONE ) time and the big lady sought treatment in the hospital and felt pain from a black eye for 3 to 4 weeks --- can you say lawsuit. Mrs Gibbs sounds like a really nice lady --- two ladies against one couldn't take care of the situation. BTW Jay do you think maybe the bathroom attendant might have had a reason to lie or atleast embellish her story for a lawsuit.

1047 days ago
97.

anonymous_cool    

@ Drew

Syco has 3 divisions. Syco Music, Syco Tv and Syco Film. Syco music IS the record label. That is the label the X-Factor winners are signed to.

The production unit must be SyCo TV. That must be the unit that produces X-Factor, BGT and AGT.

1047 days ago
98.

janet    

How many of these TV shows can be done? They are are the same thing. It's just named differently, that's all. There is nothing different, nothing new.

1047 days ago
99.

piratesrule8    

She isn't racist.... Just because she hit a black person. The fact you can't concieve that someone could get in a fight with someone of another race without it being ABOUT race shows up a flaw in your own personality.

She was married to a black man for years. Get a brain. seriously.

1047 days ago
100.

drew    

Moonie --- if you are a black man and you kill a black man you are a murderer but if you are a white guy who kills a black man you are a racist. What about the black guy that kills a white man, is he just a murderer ? GIVE ME A ****ING BREAK. I will agree that racism exists but not every incident involving black and white is racist. Can blacks be racist against Indians, Colombians, Muslims etc.? When you play the racist card every time it starts to mean nothing which is sad for those times when it really is an issue.

1047 days ago
101.

drew    

Anon --- do you agree that Simon and his companies out perform most labels ? If not show some more successful entertainment people.

1047 days ago
102.

Jim in Cali    

Okay now this is just a publicity stunt now. Now they'll be 5 judges.


They should tell paula to take a hike, nobody wants to see her.

1047 days ago
103.

jay    

@drew. she wasn't in East Orange. she was in a place called Guilford in Surrey .... a wealthy middle class neighborhood. Charterhouse, one of Britain's top public schools is a few miles away. fact is, nobody came after anybody. tweedy was drunk and belligerent .... just starting her career in a TV generated pop group and felt she was better than someone else. tweedy became annoyed that she was being called out for stealing, by someone she deemed to be of lower social standing than her. as a result she smashed the woman, who just happened to be black. FYI a bathroom attendant in the UK is someone who sits on a stool, in a ****ter, passing out hand towels, candy and perfume for tips. they are paid next to nothing. tweedy was found guilty. stop defending her. the court case is over. ps i have nothing against you per se :)

1047 days ago
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anonymous_cool    

@ Drew

No I don't agree. There is no way SyCo music can outperform Interscope or The Island Def Jam.

SyCo music has had 2 successful acts from the X-Factor in the UK. Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. The rest have failed. Shayne Ward did ok before they dropped him after giving him a mediocre 3rd album but otherwise a lot of them have fallen flat on their face.

The runner-ups who usually sign to Epic perform better than the winners in many cases. JLS have outperformed Alexandra Burke. Jedward and Olly Murs have outperformed Joe McElderry..etc.

SyCo is very good at making these shows like X-Factor, BGT...etc. They are poor at music. There is no longevity at SyCo. In fact, the only act I can think of who is still with SyCo is Il Divo. Westlife left SyCo to go sign with RCA. That should say something.

1047 days ago
105.

janet    

As always it's all about the money. A publicity hype. The 'winners' they get the token record deal.

How many remember the winners after the first record hype? Who buys the records after that?

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