Nicole Scherzinger Axed From X Factor

Simon Cowell is looking to shake-up X Factor. Popular X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger won’t appear in the next X Factor series, despite replacing Cheryl Cole for last season. The former Pussycat Doll has been told she needs to find something else to do. There’s speculation that Paula Abdul could be leaving the show. Steve Jones, the show’s host from last season, will definitely not appear. Announcing the news on Twitter, Steve Jones said:

“I won’t be hosting next season’s X Factor which is a shame. But I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show.”

Simon Cowell failed to hit his viewing target of 20 million for the show, and X Factor fell well behind American Idol which got 26 million viewers. Instead, X Factor pulled in an average of 12 million viewers a show. In talking to The Daily Mirror last week, Simon Cowell talked about Steve Jones, saying:

“He got a lot of stick. I don’t think he did a bad job but, like America’s Got Talent, there is a Brit limit on the show.”

According to a source on E!, it was Scherzinger’s decision not to return:

“She wants to focus on her music career. She’s spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he’s given her his blessing. X Factor took a lot more of her time than she ever expected. She didn’t have any time really to work on her music. She was doing X Factor six days a week.”

Nicole Scherzinger has yet to respond.

Source: Sky News