Nicole Scherzinger Officially Replaces Cheryl Cole on The X-Factor

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Designed as a singing competition, The X-Factor has felt more like a soap opera over the last few weeks.

There's been non stop-turmoil at the judges' table, as Paula Abdul did not sign her contract until the day of the first auditions; and then Cheryl Cole was fired after just a couple days on the panel... only for rumors to surface that she might appear as a "guest judge" throughout the season.

But Fox has now issued a statement that clears it all up. Cole is out, and Nicole Scherzinger will move from hosting to judging duties.

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“Nicole Scherzinger will be replacing Cheryl Cole on the judging panel of The X Factor," the statement 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 dollar recording deal. Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of The X Factor.

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