Cheryl Cole has been dramatically sacked as a judge on the US X-Factor and swiftly replaced by ex Pussycat Doll singer, Nicole Scherzinger.
When Cheryl was officially announced as a Judge on the US X-Factor, many of us gasped in shock. ‘How an earth could Cheryl Cole sit alongside the likes of L.A. Reid and judge up-and-coming American talent on their singing?’ It was all quite bizarre.
It was also a well known fact that bosses at the Fox network weren’t keen on appointing the Girls Aloud star, but Simon Cowell bent over backwards to (reluctantly) persuade them to hire his 27-year-old British protégé.
They had feared her Geordie accent may be hard for Yanks to understand and the fact she’s practically unknown Stateside was a big gamble and had execs worried that US audiences wouldn’t warm to her. But despite all the obvious risks, they gave her the benefit of the doubt and offered her the job – but only with the condition they could fire her at any given opportunity. And they did.
Yesterday it was claimed Cheryl got the boot because of her accent and “lack of chemistry” with fellow female judge Paula Abdul. But that sounds like a cover up, because they knew what her accent was like before they hired her. But the lack of chemistry part sounds spot on.
Nicole had been set to co-host the show, which airs in September, with former T4 host, Steve Jones, but the 32-year-old singer will now take Cheryl’s seat and sit alongside Simon, Paula and L.A. Reid on the judge’s panel.
If Twitter is anything to go by, many people are relieved about this news, but two people who will be nervous by these latest developments are Tulisa and Kelly Rowland. Because TV bosses now apparently want Cheryl to return to her old job on the UK version. And if Cheryl does comes back, Kelly or Tulisa will be out. Damn! All this drama and the show hasn’t even started yet.
They shouldn’t have hired Cheryl in the first place, because it was so obvious to everyone – apart from Simon – that she wasn’t right for the US role, but firing her like that is so harsh and humiliating. But hey, there’s too much money invested in the show for them to risk it on Chezza, so they gotta do what they gotta.
Now we just have to wait and see how the UK judging panel turns out…