By now we all know why poor Cheryl Cole was supposedly sacked from the US version of the X Factor. In a revealing interview with his old chum Piers Morgan, Piers asked the question on everyone’s lips, “Now what happened to poor Cheryl?
One minute she’s there, the next minute she’s gone, Nicole’s in her chair – what went down?” Simon replied by saying someone who had been looking at the screenings of the footage of the X Factor had ‘put it very well’ when they said the Girls Aloud star had ‘looked a little bewildered’ on the judging panel. He went on to tell Piers, “Not everyone’s like you Piers.
You come to a country like America, it’s a big deal – it takes a while to adjust and I took the view along with a few other people that she would be more comfortable back in the UK.” When Piers asked Simon if he felt guilty about what had happened he replied, “I think if she had taken the UK gig I think nobody would be feeling bad right now because they’re both big shows – well hopefully this one will be as big as the UK show.
But that’s what you have to do when you produce – you have to make decisions in the moment, and I take full responsibility for it.”
However, initial feedback from those who saw the opening episode ahead of it’s nationwide screening agreed that Cheryl was a far better judge that her subsequent replacement Nicole Scherzinger.
And it seems that the lack of explanation for Cheryl’s disappearance is also being criticised. In fact the New York Times commented “She just kind of disappears mid-show without much explanation and suddenly Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls is in her chair.
It’s a downgrade. Ms Cole showed glimmers of being interesting. In two seasons as a judge on The Sing-Off on NBC, Ms Scherzinger was a pretty face but, judicially speaking, not much more than a seat-warmer.” And The Chicago Tribune agreed, “Scherzinger doesn’t come off as an obvious improvement.” With The LA Times writing, “Cole is much more interesting than Scherzinger, if only for her fabulous Geordie accent.”
And then TV Guide stepping in to say that Cheryl’s accent was ‘perfectly understandable’ and ‘charming too’, has Simon Cowell shot himself in the foot I wonder? TV Guide went on to say, “She shows up in the first episode, which becomes a disservice to her replacement, Nicole Scherzinger, whose breathy shtick and robotic comments are grating by comparison.”
And in an online interview conducted by Yahoo, it was stated, “Cheryl did a fabulous job, her supposedly problematic accent was completely intelligible.”
You can see for yourselves as the show is being shown tonight on ITV2.