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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Eyed Pea will.i.am, reportedly refused to take phone calls from TV executives to discuss the option, the offer was withdrawn Sunday night.

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