Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheryl 'Axed' from C Factor; Star Rumoured to Have Lost Job over Geordie Accent

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheryl 'Axed' from C Factor; Star Rumoured to Have Lost Job over Geordie Accent

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

GEORDIE star Cheryl Cole has been sacked from the X Factor because of her accent, it has been claimed.

The 27-year-old singer is two weeks into filming the new US version of the hit show but reports from America suggest she has been dropped in favour of ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Sources close to the show have suggested that her North East twang was part of the reason bosses decided she wasn't right for the judging position.

Producers were said to be concerned that American audiences would struggle to understand what she was saying.

Celebrity website TMZ also reported that the former Girls Aloud star had a "lack of chemistry" with fellow X Factor judge Paula Abdul, who joins Simon Cowell and record boss LA Reid to complete the judging panel.

But other reports suggested Cheryl may have quit the programme because she was homesick, and missing friends and family in Britain.

Cheryl had quit her three-year role on the UK X Factor to concentrate on the US. …

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