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Cheryl Cole Footage Won't Be Cut From 'The X Factor'

Simon Cowell has decided to address the drama surrounding Cheryl Cole's departure from The X Factor in the American show when it debuts later this year. The British pop star, who sat on the judgin... http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/06/11/cheryl_cole_footage_wont_be_cut_from_t

The Simon Effect? 'X Factor' Judges Harsher Than the Season 10 Idol Crew

The X-Factor is in full swing now, and by all accounts the judges have been much tougher than those on American Idol or The Voice. Reporters have been allowed into the auditorium where Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger are listening to auditions, and while the press has been instructed not to take any direct quotes, the general story is the same: Simon and co. are not the touchy-feely panel of Idol, The Remix.The New York Post caught up with Simon outside the auditorium,... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/O2y5CRdJ6Ro/the-simon-effect-x-factor-judges-harsher-than-the-season-10-idol-crew

The X Factor: Moving On From Judges-Gate

It's time to move on from the drama over the sudden shift in judges on The X Factor . So says Simon Cowell of British pop singer Cheryl Cole's sudden replacement by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, originally slated as the show's co-host. "It's about the contestants, they've got no interest in us bickering," Cowell told TV Guide Magazine at the show's auditions in Newark, NJ on June 9... http://www.tvguide.com/News/X-Factor-Auditions-1034086.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Nicole Scherzinger is a Hit at 'The X Factor' Auditions

Newly appointed judge Nicole Scherzinger made her debut at 'The X Factor' auditions in Newark, New Jersey. And, according to Simon Cowell, "she was terrific." It seems that Scherzinger has been hired to be the mean judge: Cowell introduced her to the crowd as "our own answer to Cruella de Vil," the villainous puppy-skinner from '101 Dalmatians.' Scherzinger sidestepped questions about the controversy surrounding the exit of former judge Cheryl Cole from the show, telling 'The Daily Mirror' that "I haven't spoken to Cheryl but she is a lovely, talented, sweet girl. ... I don't know how it went down." Read More... http://www.aoltv.com/2011/06/10/nicole-scherzingers-a-hit-at-the-x-factor-auditions/

Photo: Nicole Scherzinger's Debut on 'X Factor (US)' Judging Panel

During the New Jersey auditions, the former Pussycat Doll sits between Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid as she begins her new stint as a judge. http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00041206.html

'X Factor': 10 things we learned

The X Factor  returned to New Jersey on Wednesday for the first of two days of judges round auditions. EW joined an audience of roughly 5,000 for the day’s second taping at Newark’s Prudential Center, which featured 22 contestants. Fox told journalists to refrain from IDing performers and revealing their song choices, backstories, and comments to the judges, as well as quoting the judges’ critiques, so we’ll have to speak generally. But we were able to cull together the following list of 10 things you can expect from   The X Factor   this fall. Read More... http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/06/09/x-factor-auditions-simon-paul-nicole/

Simon Cowell Says He Isn’t a 'Monster' for Firing Cheryl Cole

In the wake of the many conflicting stories about Cheryl Coles axing from the American X-Factor, Mr. Black V-Neck himself Simon Cowell is finally giving his version of what happened. In short: Its not his fault, he tells the Mirror.The hardest thing to accept is that everyone has painted me as a monster because I embarrassed [Cheryl], said Simon, but the truth was I was protecting her. I just want people to be in the best place at the right time. Sure sounds like the King of Mean to us. Here... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/ymuMqygoOk8/simon-cowell-says-he-isnt-a-monster-for-firing-cheryl-cole

Paula Abdul on Cheryl Cole's 'X Factor' departure: 'We will continue to stay in touch'

It was announced Monday (June 6) that Nicole Scherzinger will officially be replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge on "The X Factor," Simon Cowell's new competition reality show on FOX. When Cole's departure was first reported, rumors of a feud -- or lack of chemistry -- between her and fellow judge Paula Abdul began circulating. On Tuesday, June 7, Abdul took to her Twitter account to address Cole's exit. "Cheryl is amazing. We have forged a wonderful friendship & have been & will continue to stay in touch," she tweeted. "I'm excited for everyone to see and hear what she is about to do next." And there you have it -- no feud. Cowell also recently opened up about Cole's departure, saying, "She's one of my closest friends, and this was a decision we made which we thought would be beneficial to her, funny enough. Not many people will believe that, but that's the truth.""The... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/paula-abdul-on-cheryl-coles-x-factor-departure-we-will-continue-to-stay-in-touch.html

'X Factor's' Simon Cowell takes 'full responsibility' for Cheryl Cole's departure

It was announced Monday (June 6) that Nicole Scherzinger will officially be replacing Cheryl Cole as a judge on "The X Factor," Simon Cowell's U.S. version of the popular U.K. talent competition reality show. Scherzinger was previously announced as a co-host of the program.Cowell tells the AP of Cole, "She's one of -- I hope -- she's one of my closest friends, and this was a decision we made which we thought would be beneficial to her, funny enough. Not many people will believe that, but that's the truth."In a text message, Cowell says he told Cole he takes "full responsibility" for the decision to replace her - it was not FOX or Fremantle Media's decision.Of the reason behind her departure, Cowell says, "I personally thought she was missing her family and friends. She just looked a little bit, I wouldn't say uncomfortable, but just not as happy as I've seen her on previous shows.""She... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/x-factors-simon-cowell-takes-full-responsibility-for-cheryl-coles-departure.html

Simon Cowell Apologizes to Cheryl Cole for 'X Factor' Fiasco

After weeks of speculation it was confirmed yesterday that Nicole Scherzinger is replacing Cheryl Cole on 'The X Factor' in the U.S. Now, head honcho Simon Cowell has apologized to Cole for the chaos surrounding the judging lineup on his new talent show, but insists that she wasn't fired. According to 'The Sun' newspaper, Cowell takes full responsibility for the decision to replace Cole with Scherzinger, and said he did it for her own good. He said she seemed out of her depth on the U.S. show, and so producers offered her a quiet exit with the offer of returning to her old job on 'The X Factor' U.K. "The feeling was that she was slightly out of her comfort zone in America. The intention was to do it quietly and say to her she had an option to rejoin the UK show. ... At the end of the day we were saying, 'Move to another show for even more money'. There was an offer of around £2.5 million on the table including bonuses. How is that [firing] someone?" http://www.aoltv.com/2011/06/07/simon-cowell-apologizes-to-cheryl-cole-for-x-factor-fiasco/
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