Rumors about the reason began to circulate, claiming that she had problems with another board member, Paul Abdul. According to friends of the singer, that’s not it. A second possibility is her Newcastle accent that would have been too confusing for viewers. Also false, according to the same friends who say her accent and diction were tested in advance.
In the end, it turned out Simon Cowell, the mentor who wanted Cheryl to have a place in the English panel of the show, apparently decided to sack her.
“She is completely shocked and stunned. She never saw this coming at all,” one of her friends revealed, adding that Cheryl also said she had been “hung out to dry” by Cowell and the X Factor USA.
A version contradicted by sources close to Cowell who ensures that he had expressed his doubts about her future on the show three days before outing her. According to Sinitta, a longtime friend of Simon Cowell, the two are now trying to find a solution so that the singer can get out of this predicament with dignity, perhaps reprise her role on the English version.
Louis Walsh, the only remaining original judge of the British panel, expressed his support and willingness to welcome Cheryl back, saying, “We’d welcome her with open arms. I’m surprised about what happened to Cheryl in the US but yes I’d like her back on the UK show,” reports Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Cheryl has been replaced on the panel by Nicole Scherzinger, who was initially set to co-host the programme with Welshman Steve Jones.