Less than three weeks ago, "X Factor U.K." judge Cheryl Cole taped her first "X Factor USA" episodes at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid. I attended two of these tapings, and I thought she did an excellent job. She was charming, she looked gorgeous, and NO, her broad Newcastle (or "Geordie") accent was not unintelligible.
But now, right before "The X Factor's" Dallas audition tapings, Cheryl has been booted from the show and reportedly replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally hired to co-host the show with British TV presenter Steve Jones but will now fill Cheryl's seat. This sad news broke on TMZ yesterday, and while some reports are saying it was a "lack of chemistry" with Paula that led to Cheryl's firing, many other reports are saying it was simply her thick accent that did her in.
Last month in an interview with Deadline.com, Simon denied that there was ever any push-back from Fox regarding hisRead More »from Is Ousted ‘X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Really That Hard To Understand?