Things work quickly (read: ruthlessly) in showbiz. Just two weeks ago Cheryl Cole was at The X-Factor‘s first auditions along with fellow judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and L.A Reid. Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger were roped in as the hosts of the American adaptation of the hit show. Everything was in place and it looked like the formula for a hit series.
All of a sudden, Nicole’s replaced Cheryl as a judge! Just like that. Cheryl’s back on a plane to England! TMZ reports that it’s because Cheryl’s English accent is too indecipherable for American audiences and also because—and this is the damning one—of her “lack of chemistry” with Paula. It pays to go kissy-kissy with Simon in moments like these because there was no way anyone was getting rid of her. Apparently, Cheryl has been asked to go back to the original U.K show, but sources are saying that the singer’s so cheesed off with the whole mess that she wants out of the whole thing! No one’s heard from Simon about all of this yet and we’re waiting to hear what he has to say. All we know is that Nicole should steer clear from Cheryl for a while. Scratch that, the whole lot of them should watch out!
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Make-out sesh! Unfortunately this isn’t Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell getting together, as we have always hoped for them. This very staged photo was taken at the reception for the first round of auditions of the U.S. version of The X-Factor, which Paula has signed on for. And since the show is Cowell’s baby, that means Paula and Simon are back together bay-bee! Reunited! This also means that Paula is going to be a judge again. Feel absolutely free to insert your own joke here. Paula, as expected, had a bit of an embarrassing moment with her skirt and a gust of wind while walking in, but you’re going to have to look through our gallery for that one!
Simon confirmed the news (in a very sweet statement) saying, “This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this, [but] I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show.” Forget Paula… we’ve missed you, Simon! Paula returned the favor stating, “…I’m also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again…but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!” So there you have it, the judges panel of the U.S. version of The X-Factor is now complete with Paula and Simon rounding off L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole with Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones co-hosting. As planned, Paula and Simon sat next to each other during the auditions, and all was right with the universe again.
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Despite rumors that Nicole Scherzinger and Nicki Minaj would judge on The X Factor, Simon Cowell‘s other singing competition that he’s importing to the U.S. this fall, Cowell has revealed his choices for judges and it doesn’t include the Pussycat Doll or the “Pink Friday” singer. In an interview with Deadline.com, Cowell revealed that the X Factor judges include L.A. Reid, UK pop star Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul. And of course as it was reported earlier, Mariah Carey will participate in the show as a judge of the judges—we’re unclear exactly what she’ll be doing, but we imagine she’ll Skype in from her glitter and rainbow nursery while tending to the twins. Or something.
Cowell explained his choices and said of Cole, “This girl is special. She’s just got a great ability to communicate. She’s a great judge. She’s smart. It’s just a hunch. If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America.” And as for Abdul, though her contract isn’t signed, Cowell speaks fondly of her and seems extremely hopeful about getting her on the show. “I’ve always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that. I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. And I’ve been consistent about this. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her.Ã‚Â You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right.”
Simon + Paula 4eva! We knew those two couldn’t stay away from each other for long! Reid is the one judge whose contract has been signed, sealed and delivered for ages now, and as the former chairman of Island Def Jam, he’s obviously got the talent-scouting chops. The show will debut in September.
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We’re so psyched for Simon Cowell to come back to TV that we keep forgetting that other judges have to sit up there on The X Factor with him. Jessica Simpson doesn’t have that problem, though, since she really wants to be one. “They have definitely talked to me about X Factor,” Jessica told WWD. “I think it would be a lot of fun. It’s definitely my life. To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I love watching people’s dreams come true.” Hey, if Papa Joe Simpson wasn’t a mentor, what was he?
If Jessica did manage to get a spot next to Simon, she’d have to know she was a second choice—Simon made clear to TV Guide that he wants Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor. “I want her to do it, but we’ve got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with. But I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the U.K. X Factor and I’m hopeful it will happen.” It might be ironic for Nicole to push new talent into record deals when it took her four years to get her own solo album out (Killer Love finally dropped this month), but a high profile gig like this certainly couldn’t hurt her singing career. At least Jessica Simpson can console herself with being a billionaire—in the eyes of people who don’t understand how “fashion empires” work.
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Apparently judging singing competitions is no longer just for washed-up pop stars, singers at the top of their game are getting in on the action too. First the new NBC show The Voice nabbed Cee-Lo, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton to judge, and now Simon Cowell is in talks with Nicki Minaj to judge his U.S. version of The X Factor.
A source told Page Six, “Simon thinks Nicki is fantastic. She’s sassy, she looks great and she has bags of personality. Nicki has a large following and she fits well with the ethos of the show, which plans to usher in a new generation of musical talent. X Factor is aiming for a younger audience.” Former Def Jam music chairman L.A. Reid is the only other confirmed judge so far. The show will air on Fox this fall. We’d tune in just to see her look change from week to week.
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Woah, remember this guy? Simon Cowell has done a good job staying on the down low stateside (probably a favor to his former co-workers at American Idol), but he’s still the top singing judge in England—The X Factor just won a National Television Award for Most Popular Television Show. With Idol ratings down despite the new blood, Simon’s eventual return to our TV screens for the American X Factor could prove lethal for the old show. Honestly, we miss him.
See photos of Cowell and his smoking hot fiancee, Mezhgan Hussainy, in the gallery below.
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Now this is a look. Rather than choose between a sweater and his trademark open shirt, Simon Cowell combined the two options for a photocall with X Factor finalists One Direction earlier today. Did he throw that thing on without remembering to button up first, or is this Simon’s winter steez? To be fair, he does get sort of a “sexy minister” vibe out of it. And it still seems less perverse than the changes over on on American Idol.
See photos of Simon’s bold stylistic choice in the gallery below.
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We…can…barely…type through our tears. Simon Cowell, the British man-bitch who made humiliation so wonderful to watch, is leaving “American Idol” after this season. (Check out VH1’s “American Idol” playlist.) Who the hell is going to ruin the lives of thousands of tone-deaf, aspiring singers? Ellen DeGeneres, the nicest woman on earth? Randy “Dawg” Jackson? That other lady no one cares about? We think not!
Simon will apparently be bringing his hit U.K. show “The X Factor” to the States in the fall of 2011, and will serve as its judge. Says the gajillionaire, “I’m thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the U.S. version of ‘The X Factor,’ and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox.”
We have three words for”American Idol” – Bring. Back. Paula. That is – if Simon doesn’t snag her for “The X Factor” first. [Photo: GettyImages]