The X Factor has dropped UK singer Cheryl Cole as a judge, replacing her as a judge with one of its co-hosts, Nicole Scherzinger, according to a report. Cheryl was officially announced as a judge just 20 days ago, and has already been featured in a Fox promo; Nicole was once on Popstars and was not good as a judge on The Sing Off.
However, TMZ reported that, after live auditions, “producers were concerned [Cheryl's] English accent would be too difficult for an American audience to understand,” which can’t possibly be the only reason because they did not cast her without knowing she had an accent, and also that she and Paula Abdul had a “lack of chemistry,” which seems much more plausible.
While no one has yet to confirm this, and this is the second TMZ story in two days about someone replacing someone else on a Fox singing reality series, Variety reports that “Fox declined comment” to them, which seems pretty damning. If it’s an inaccurate report, it’d be easy to shoot it down.
Deadline quotes an anonymous insider who says, “Nothing is definite now. But they do know it’s not working, and they’re trying to figure it out.” The site also notes that people are floating “lame spin” that “Cheryl is very close to her family and homesick for Britain.”