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Cheryl Cole Loses Seat on 'X Factor' U.K. Judging Panel

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 31st 2011 5:30AM
Cheryl ColeThe news just keeps on getting worse for Cheryl Cole. After being summarily axed from the U.S. version of 'The X Factor' mid-auditions, it's now reported that she's also been dropped from the U.K. version.

'The X Factor' U.K. producers announced the new judging lineup Monday night: Take That frontman Gary Barlow, former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, lead singer of N-Dubz Tulisa Contostavlos, and surviving original judge, boyband impresario Louis Walsh.

Cole was a judge on 'The X Factor' U.K. before heading stateside, and British newspapers are reporting that she had been offered her old job back as an olive branch. However, after she and her manager, Black Eyed Pea will.i.am, reportedly refused to take phone calls from TV executives to discuss the option, the offer was withdrawn Sunday night.

Introducing the new 'X Factor' U.K. judges, Simon Cowell said: "These four are totally up for it, each of them bring a different attitude. They have had a ton of hits between them and they are all committed to finding a star. I have a feeling Louis and Tulisa will have slightly different points of view as to what the next star should look and sound like!"

Rumors have abounded that Cole's strong regional accent was partly to blame for her departure from 'The X Factor' U.S., and on Monday night's episode of 'Britain's Got Talent,' hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly -- both hailing from Cole's hometown of Newcastle -- teased Cowell over her exit.

Donnelly asked Cowell whether he could understand his Geordie accent, but Cowell pretended not to understand, saying: "Am I missing something here? I've just got back, what's been going on?"

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