Last month we learned that Fox and Freemantle Productions were seriously considering replacing British singer Cheryl Cole as judge on the US version of the singing competition show The X Factor because producers fear her too thick British accent might be too difficult for US audiences to understand. It was reported that US singer Nicole Scherzinger was being courted as her replacement. Just yesterday, we learned of a report that claimed that Cheryl might not be cut from the show after all because she would still be owned her $1.5 million dollar contract fee, even if she does not judge the show. But today, Fox and Freemantle have officially announced that Cheryl has been replaced by Nicole as a judge on The X Factor. Read the statement in full below.
“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 dollar 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.”
Wow. They really did it. So now we know, for sure, that Nicole Scherzinger will join Paula Abdul, Antonio L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the judging panel … and Cheryl Cole will get the shaft? She will still have to be paid her $1.5 million. It remains to be seen if they will just cut her a check and send her on her way OR if they will find a new job for her on the show. I suppose it’s possible that Fox/Freemantle could give Cheryl Nicole’s old co-hosting job but if her accent is truly the issue, that might not work out either. One thing’s for sure, the X Factor judging panel has been decided so that part of the show has been put to rest. But what will happen to Cheryl? That, my friends, is the $1.5 million dollar question.