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Is Cheryl Cole Back In As 'X Factor' Judge? UK News Says So, Others Say No

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 4th 2011 8:40PM
Cheryl ColeUPDATE (June 6, 1AM ET) -- THR is reporting this latest update to the ongoing Cheryl Cole/'X Factor' drama: "According to a high-level industry source, after engaging in some legal brinksmanship the powers behind the show have concluded that it's best to pay Cole the reported $1.5 million she was owed under her contract and say goodbye."
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Is Cheryl Cole back in as 'X Factor' U.S. judge? News of the World says so.

According to their report, Cole is expected to return to the judges' panel this Wednesday as auditions continue in New Jersey.

As we reported earlier, Cole is rumored to be working out her visa issues, and bossman Simon Cowell made a case to network Fox to keep her on, which means co-host-turned-judge Nicole Scherzinger will go back to co-hosting again.

Without comment from Fox or Cowell since news of Cole's dismissal broke over a week ago, speculation about why she was let go has ranged from fights, lack of chemistry with fellow judge Paula Abdul and a too-heavy accent for American audiences to understand.

But having already taped four audition shows with Cole, it was a production concern to have such a big switch-up so late in the game.

The News of the World's insider said: "This is the biggest surprise of the lot -- Cheryl is back. Who could possibly have predicted this? It appeared that Simon had dumped Cheryl for good. But behind the scenes Simon has been wooing Cheryl."

"And key executives at Fox all realized they had made a big mistake. They have been watching the tapes of her at the American auditions and realizing that she could be a huge star over [here]."

If the THR story is correct, though, and Cole is out but still being paid her full contractual fee, how will the financial loss affect the show/

Are you excited Cheryl is (maybe) back? Or are you just over all the news about the show before it's even started?


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Firstly i would like to day that she's most talented actress and i love her.
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June 09 2011 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MSSchad

I hope Cheryl Cole will be back as a judge on the US X-Factor. Cheryl is fantastic. She, along with Simon. was one of the reasons I was excited about the US X-Factor coming in the fall.

June 05 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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