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Cheryl Cole will not return to X Factor as judges are named

The judging panel for The X Factor has been confirmed, with places for Take That’s Gary Barlow, pop impresario Louis Walsh, American singer Kelly Rowland, and Tulisa Contostavlos of the hip-hop outfit N-Dubz. But none for Cheryl Cole.

The announcement ended a weekend of speculation over the singer’s next move after she was dumped from the show’s US version, having appeared in just two episodes.

For keen observers of Simon Cowell’s entertainment empire, it was bombshell news. The media have been in overdrive, with reports of how “close friends” suggest that Cole, 27, has been hard done by.

Speculation on why the Girls Aloud singer was dropped from the US show has ranged from suggestions that programme makers feared American viewers would not understand her Geordie accent to claims of a backstage bust-up with fellow judge Paula Abdul.

One report said Cole had been under pressure while trying lose weight, having been advised by a TV executive she would need a “huge makeover” to make it big in the US. Cole is believed to have been offered a seat on the British X Factor panel as a consolation for her ejection from its US counterpart.

But reports proposed the theory that she deliberately snubbed the offer, to chide Cowell for not coming to her defence in the US. They said both she and her manager, “Will.I.Am”, or William Adams, of the band Black Eyed Peas, had been ignoring calls from TV executives.

Though some claim the primetime ITV talent show will founder without Cole’s star power, Cowell enthusiastically touted his new team on Monday. “Each of them bring a different attitude,” he said.

“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.”

Barlow, perhaps the show’s biggest catch after a critically acclaimed comeback by Take That, said he was “extremely excited” at his new role. “I’ve always been a fan of the show and always enjoyed performing on it too. My goal is to find a global superstar. If I don’t find one, I won’t have done my job.”

Cowell, meanwhile, ignored jokes at Cole’s expense when he appeared last night on Britain’s Got Talent, another in his portfolio of reality shows. Asked by host Declan Donnelly (also from the northeast of England) if he could understand the accent, Cowell quipped in reply: “Am I missing something here? I’ve just got back, what’s been going on?”


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