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No place for Cole on X Factor panel

The judging line-up for this year’s X Factor has been confirmed – but there is no place for Cheryl Cole.

Pop mogul Louis Walsh will be joined by Take That’s Gary Barlow, pop singer Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos of urban hip-hop band N-Dubz.

It means Walsh is the only remaining judge from last year’s show after Cowell left to launch the American version, taking Cole with him. Dannii Minogue, 39, has also left the line-up.

Cole, who has been axed from the American version of the show because of fears audiences would not understand her Geordie accent, is back in the UK trying to piece her career back together.

According to reports, the 27-year-old was given an offer by the British X Factor camp but refused to pick up her phone around the time of the deadline that was given to her. Friends have claimed she is furious about her treatment and newspaper reports have suggested she is angry with X Factor supremo Simon Cowell for not giving her a chance to prove herself

There was no reference to Cole in the judging panel announcement and an ITV spokesman declined to discuss whether there would be any non-judging role for her on the show.

In a statement Cowell praised the new line-up saying: “These four are totally up for it, each of them bring a different attitude. They have had a tonne 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 said: “I’m extremely excited about working on The X Factor. I’ve always been a fan of the show and always enjoyed performing on it too. My one goal is to find a global superstar. If I don’t find one, I won’t have done my job.”

Tulisa, 22, said she looked forward to bringing “something fresh” to the panel. She added: “I’m not going to be afraid to speak my mind and mix things up a little. Let the fireworks begin.”

The new panel begins its quest to uncover the best in singing talent with the first audition in Birmingham on Wednesday, continuing to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Liverpool.



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