The X Factor Winner – Simon Cowell Predicts Melanie Amaro

Who will be the X Factor winner tonight on the season finale? Well, if Simon Cowell is right, the winner will be 19-year-old Melanie Amaro. You know, the girl Simon Cowell allegedly didn’t pick the first time around and had to go ‘fetch’ in person to tell her he’d changed her mind? Yeah, that one. Cowell told reporters after last night’s X Factor: “my gut, my heart tells me that Melanie should win after tonight.”

First off, let me just say I never bought that whole BS scripted crap about Simon Cowell not choosing Melanie Amaro and then “oh my god I made a terrible mistake!” That whole made-for-TV drama was about as real as a Playboy bunny’s triple Ds. The girl doesn’t even look halfway believable in her ‘shock’ that Cowell came to her house to get her. Looks like one big smelly publicity boost for Amaro as the ‘chosen one’ to me.
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What’s Behind The X Factor Judges Cheryl Cole Replacement?

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,” Cowell told the former Britain’s Got Talent judge. “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.”

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 – 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 Cole and USA Today said Scherzinger” makes Paula Abdul look smart.” Ouch!

Dancing with the Stars Offers Paula Abdul Million Dollar Deal

ABC is reportedly ready to offer ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul a million dollar deal if she’ll sign on as a judge for Dancing with the Stars. The network has even allegedly offered to work the gig around Simon Cowell‘s new X Factor show if she plans on judging on that as well.

Paula Abdul (Photo: Kristin Dos Santos - Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Paula Abdul (Photo: Kristin Dos Santos - Source: Wikimedia Commons)

ABC has supposedly reached out with a million dollar development deal to Paula Abdul, but to get the money, she’d have to agree to appear on Dancing with the Stars. The proposed deal would also allow Abdul to appear on Simon Cowell’s new U.S. version of The X Factor. Rumor has it the two have been in talks to have Abdul join the show as a judge.

If Paula Abdul is finally ready to step back into the limelight as a DWTS judge, she’ll have to move quickly. The new season of the show is set to debut in March. Personally, we’d love to see Paul Abdul on DWTS. Whether you’re a fan of her music or not, there is no doubt that the girl can move it!

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