Nicole Scherzinger has officially been announced as British singer Cheryl Cole's replacement on the judging panel of America's The X Factor.
Simon Cowell, the brains behind the talent search, fought hard to land his protégée a place on the judging panel after she became a hit on the original U.K. version. However, Cole was axed after wannabes reportedly struggled to understand her heavy northern English accent during the audition process.
Cowell's representative confirmed the music mogul was doing everything he could to find the Girls Aloud beauty a place on the forthcoming reality show, but negotiations with Fox network executives appear to have fallen through and now Scherzinger has been unveiled as the latest addition to the judges' panel.
A statement released by Fox bosses reads: "Nicole will join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing $5 million recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the U.K. version of the show in 2010."
Scherzinger had originally been set to co-host the show with Welsh presenter Steve Jones, but he will now front The X Factor by himself when it launches later this year.
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