Cheryl Cole Out of U.K. X Factor, Too
Less than a week after Cheryl Cole reportedly was dumped as a judge on the U.S. version of The X Factor, it’s apparent that Cole will no longer sit on the judge’s panel in any country, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cole served as judge during the U.K.’s version of the show’s fifth, sixth and seventh seasons. However, when Factor producer Simon Cowell announced the eighth season’s judge lineup on Monday night’s semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent, Cole’s name was nowhere to be found.
Instead, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Gary Barlow of Take That, Tulisa Contostavious of N-Dubz and veteran music manager Louis Walsh will constitute the panel.
Word is that the decision not to return is Cole’s: she supposedly refused to take calls from Cowell and execs at ITV, the British channel that airs Factor, after unceremoniously being dropped from the U.S. show. Her weight, her accent and her lack of fame in America reportedly all led to her getting cashiered.