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Nicole Scherzinger Replacing Cheryl Cole as Judge on 'The X Factor'?

Interscope Records/Universal Music Group(LOS ANGELES) -- The X Factor hasn't begun airing yet, yet already Nicole Scherzinger may be switching roles.

Though Scherzinger had been announced as one of the hosts of Simon Cowell's singing competition, she will now serve as a judge, replacing British pop star Cheryl Cole, according to

The website reports producers dropped Cole in part because they were concerned U.S. audiences wouldn't understand her rather thick British accent.  TMZ also says that Cole and judge Paula Abdul lacked chemistry with one another during auditions.

Scherzinger had been tapped to co-host The X Factor with British TV personality Steve Jones.  The other three judges are Cowell, Abdul and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid.

The show debuts on Fox this fall.

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