British pop singer Cheryl Cole will no longer “Factor” into Simon Cowell’s reality singing competition plans stateside or back in her native United Kingdom, according to multiple reports out of Great Britain.
Just a week after being axed from the upcoming U.S. version of the “The X Factor,” it has been revealed that Cole would also not be returning to the British version of the show either.
Cole’s dismissal from the American program reportedly came due to fears U.S. viewers couldn’t understand her Newcastle, England accent. She will reportedly be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger as a judge stateside. Nicole was previously announced as a co-host for the show.
While many suspected she would return to the UK version of the show, when the judging line up was revealed on Monday, Cole was absent from list, according to The Sun newspaper.
Among the judges for the UK version will be Louis Walsh (known for managing boy bands to great success in Europe), Gary Barlow from Take That, former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contonstavlos of the British hip-hop group N-Dubz.
“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,” Cowell reportedly said in a statement, according to the Mirror.