Nicole Scherzing Cheryl ColeIt is finally official, 'The X Factor' has replaced British pop star Cheryl Cole with the show's co-host Nicole Scherzinger. There have been rumors and conflicting stories for weeks now, but the official word is out, and so is Cole.

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.'"