It's Official: Nicole Scherzinger Will Replace Cheryl Cole as 'X Factor' Judge
By AOL TV Editors Posted Jun 6th 2011 02:04PM
Fox and 'X Factor' producers FremantleMedia and Syco TV released this statement: "Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of 'The X Factor.' Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5 million recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on 'The X Factor' for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of 'The X Factor.'"
No reason for Cole's dismissal was given, but speculation has run rampant. Whether she lacked chemistry with her fellow judges, was hard to understand or just couldn't get the visa, one thing is finally clear: Cole is definitely off the reality series.
Cole, known for her time on the UK 'X Factor' and pop group Girls Aloud, won't be rejoining the UK version of the series. Scherzinger, who was tapped to co-host the series, is no stranger to reality TV -- she was discovered on The WB's talent search 'Popstars' in 2001, served as a judge on NBC's 'The Sing Off' and won her season of 'Dancing With the Stars.'
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