Some TV viewers tuning in to the first season premiere of The X Factor last night may have been a bit confused when judge Cheryl Cole suddenly vanished after the first rounds of auditions. With no discussion or explanation, Cole’s seat was abruptly filled by former Sing-Off judge and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
If you have been following the evolution of the American version of The X Factor online, you were probably already aware that Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole didn’t last as an X Factor judge past the first audition round. The question of why she was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, however, still remains somewhat unresolved. There had been some rumor that Cole’s accent was uncomfortable to American viewers, but X Factor judge and boss Simon Cowell said that wasn’t it.
Speaking to Piers Morgan on CNN, Cowell said that someone at The X Factor screening “put it very well” when they remarked that Cheryl Cole “looked a bit bewildered” during the first auditions. Cowell said Cole did not take the adjustment to working in America very well.
“Not everyone’s like you Piers,” CowellÂ told the former Britain’s Got Talent judge. “You come to a country like America, it’s a big deal â€“ 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.”
Cowell also said Cheryl Cole had rejected his offer for her to return to the British X Factor and that was a shame. “I think if she had taken the UK gig I think nobody would be feeling bad right now because they’re both big shows â€“ well hopefully this one will be as big as the UK show.”
Nicole Scherzinger, meanwhile, is thrilled to have been selected as the replacement to sit on the X Factor judges panel. “I mean I’m not going to lie, I cried when Simon told me because I felt that no matter where he had me on the show I was going to be of service and do the best that I could.”
Scherzinger may be giddy about her gig, but the critics are not so pleased about her replacing Cheryl Cole. The New York Times called Nicole Scherzinger a “downgrade” from Cheryl ColeÂ and USA Today said Scherzinger” makes Paula Abdul look smart.” Ouch!
British girl band Girls Aloud is coming to the small screen. Snarkista’s favorite Fab Five are going to star in a drama series titled “The Secret World Of Sam King.”
The series, created by record label Universal Records, will be shown exclusively to users of UK teen social networking site Bebo, and will base its main character on American Idol judge Simon Cowell! The series will be focused on the early days of his career in the music business, showing his brilliance at spotting new talents just like Simon did during his youth.
Girls Aloud are ALL about the camp, which is one reason Snarkista adores them. Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, and Nicola Roberts are said to be excited to take part on the project. A friend tells Brit Newspaper the Daily Star that:
They’re all really excited – it promises to be a lot of fun. They’ve made a lot of cool videos, and it’s no secret that several of the girls harbor ambitions to get into acting and this will prove a great showcase.
Too bad those of us on this side of the pond will initially have to watch on the net. The news does, however, give Snarkista the PERFECT excuse to repost her FAVE Girls Aloud video- for the song I Can’t Speak French. Take some notes, Trannycats!
Rumors are swirling around that British girl group Girls Aloud may break up because lead singer Sarah Harding wants to go solo. I know, they are kind of the 21st century Spice Girls, but mercifully there isn’t a Sporty Spice in the bunch. The Girls haven’t quite achieved Spicedom status in the U. S., but they have LOADS of fans here and the Brits are absolutely mad for them!
Sarah has allegedly recorded a track with The Filthy Dukes on a soundtrack for Hollywood movie ‘Wild Child’, set to star British actress Natasha Richardson. Rihanna, Robbie Williams and Nelly Furtado have also contributed to the movie soundtrack.
Snarkista adores Girls Aloud, because they are ALL about the camp! In a non-tranny way. (I’m lookin’ at you, Pussycat Dolls.) So, just in case you haven’t sampled some Girls Aloud, Snarkista is giving you the gift of her fave GA video, for the song “I Don’t Speak French”. Take it away Sarah, Nadine, Kimberley, Nicola and Cheryl. Take some notes, Trannycats.