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Cheryl Cole leaves 'X Factor' USA - replaced by Nicole Scherzinger?

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Cheryl Cole judging on The X Factor USA

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Cheryl Cole will no longer appear as a judge on The X Factor USA, it has been reported.

The 'Promise This' singer and former X Factor UK judge has been replaced on the American panel by former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger, says TMZ. Sources for Sky and Extra have reportedly confirmed the news.

Scherzinger had been filling the role of co-host for the series alongside British TV personality Steve Jones. Jones will now apparently act as the sole host for the reality music show.

X Factor producers apparently made the change over concerns that Cole's thick accent would be too difficult for the audience to understand and that the singer had a "lack of chemistry" with fellow judge Paula Abdul.

Network Fox was not convinced by the chemistry when all four judges met for the first time in Los Angeles, a source has told Deadline. The Girls Aloud musician was apparently singled out as a 'weak link'.

Cole is now allegedly wanted for the new series of the UK X Factor, although it appears unlikely that the popstar would return to her former show.

Cole was to appear alongside Abdul, L.A. Reid and series creator Simon Cowell in the lineup.

Cole recently appeared in a new X Factor USA promotional video with Jones in order to introduce the stars to an American audience.

However, she was said to have angered fans during auditions for the Fox talent show earlier this month after she was seated between Cowell and Abdul on the judging panel.

Representatives are currently unavailable for comment.

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Earlier this year, Digital Spy attended the first-ever X Factor auditions in Los Angeles and asked the hopefuls what they thought of Cheryl Cole:


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Watch the latest promo for The X Factor USA featuring Cheryl Cole below:

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