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In a matter of weeks, Cheryl Cole has gone from the X-Factor judge we were most excited to see... to someone without a job.

Earlier this month, Simon Cowell tried to explain what happened with the British pop star - who was removed from his show's judging panel after just a couple days of auditions - and now Cole herself has spoken out for the first time about the flap.

Cheryl Cole Cleavage Shot

Dear X-Factor: WHY?!?

“Hi my Gorgeous ones," Cole wrote on her blog. "It’s me! I wanted to talk to you all direct, and first and foremost thank you all for your continued love, unbelievable LOYALTY and support and remind you that I love you all to bits. Where do I start? I have had the weirdest past few weeks (nothing unusual there though.) I wouldn’t even know how to begin to tell you all about it."

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Simon Cowell says Cheryl Cole is "one of [his] closest friends."

This may come as a surprise, considering the pop singer was just let go from her judging gig on The X-Factor, but Cowell says the move was made with Cole's well-being in mind.

“Not many people will believe that, but that’s the truth,” Cowell told The Associated Press today. “She was good on the American show, [but] I personally thought she was missing her family and friends. She just looked... not as happy as I’ve seen her on previous shows.”

At X-Factor Auditions

Now, Cole is off both versions of the competition. Simon says the plan was to keep her on the British version, but then word of her American firing got out and "things went south... fast."

Has he spoken to her since the debacle? Yes, via text message.

“She told me she wasn’t happy but that she also accepted it was a business decision and she wished the show well. Typically, in Cheryl form, she was disappointed but charming at the same time.

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We know Cheryl Cole is ridiculously gorgeous. But that's about all we can say for certain right now about the British pop singer.

Over the past few weeks, Cole has been hired as a judge for the U.S. version of The X-Factor, then promptly let go after just a few days of audition and now... well, it's all a bit unclear.

Cheryl Cole Promo Photo

Over the weekend, Fox and producer Freemantle called Cole's manager and reportedly said they “want to ensure she still has a role on the show,” even if it's in a limited capacity.

One big reason why? Cheryl will be paid her $1.5 million contract regardless of whether or not she appears on air.

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Cheryl Cole is definitely out as a judge on the upcoming U.S. version of The X-Factor. But can the same now be said about the show's British counterpart?

According to The Daily Mail, producers offered the singer "an olive branch" and asked her to remain on the series that really made her famous. But Cole has refused all efforts.

"Cheryl will not be returning to the British X Factor," a source told the newspaper. "She hasn't returned phone calls. And you can't exactly negotiate with someone who won't even speak to you."

Cheryl Cole in Cannes

Cheryl Cole lost weight and dumped Derek Hough - but it still wasn't enough to keep her on The X-Factor.

So, who will be taking over for Cole? Kelly Rowland has reportedly been chosen to fill that spot on the judges' table.

The former Destiny's Child member will join Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh on the British X-Factor.

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Long before it airs a single episode, there's already been a shake-up on The X-Factor.

Cheryl Cole, the most popular panelist on the British version of Simon Cowell's singing competition, has been replaced as judge by Nicole Scherzinger, who had been slated to host the show with Steve Jones.

Sources say there was a "lack of chemistry" between Cole and Abdul and that producers actually believed the former's English accent would be too heavy for viewers to understand. No word yet on whether or not Jones will now host the show alone.

Nicole Picture

Loosen up your buttons, viewers, Nicole Scherzinger will be a judge on The X-Factor.

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This fall, male The X-Factor fans may tune in for the voices - but they'll likely stay for the looks.

Of Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger, that is.

The former, a British pop singer, will sit at the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell; while the latter, an American pop singer, will co-host the singing competition with Steve Jones. How will each do? Forget that question and answer this one:

Which would you rather do?

And the Winner is?

This is a tough one. But would you rather do Cheryl Cole or Nicole Scherzinger? View Poll »

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It looks like Simon Cowell has fulfilled his dream judging panel for The X-Factor.

With producer L.A. Reid already on board, Deadline Hollywood reports that Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole are nearing deals to finalize their roles on the upcoming singing competition.

Both have worked with Cowell in the past; Abdul on American Idol and Cole on the British version of The X-Factor.

Cheryl Cole Image

“I’ve always wanted Paula," Simon told the publication. "I’ve never found anyone better than her... We’ve agreed that we would meet as many people as possible, and now we’re reaching the deadline we’ve got to make the decision soon. But I think she’s got a really good shot.”

As for Cole? “Shes a great judge. She’s smart... If people take to her like the British public did, I think she’s going to do really well in America. And Fox was desperate to hire her."

Well, yeah. The X-Factor champion will receive $5 million, along with the chance to ogle Cole for numerous weeks on the show.

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L.A. Reid was the first judge confirmed for the U.S. version of X Factor this year. Now HE confirms that long-rumored judge Cheryl Cole will be there with him.

The top music producer is also confident that between himself, Cheryl and creator Simon Cowell, the show will do just fine against its reality TV competition.

Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro and Chris Rene

“We’re gonna compete against American Idol just fine. I’m confident. But along with Simon Cowell and Cheryl, I don’t know who the other judge is,” he said.

Who will fill out the panel with Cheryl and L.A.?

Others rumored to be joining the U.S. version of the show:

Which of those ladies would you like to see as a judge on the show? Or is there another celebrity you think would be a better fit for Simon's project?

    by Hilton Hater at . Comments

    While all the reality show judging controversy over the last few months has been centered around American Idol, let's not forget about the show Simon Cowell left this hit for.

    X Factor will debut on Fox in early 2011 and The New York Post has announced a pair of judges on that the British version of this singing competition: Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole.

    Scherzinger is the former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls and last season's Dancing with the Stars champion.; while Cole is a beautiful British singer/model. She's also dating Derek Hough.

    Fox is yet to announce a premiere date for X Factor, but it should be interesting to see how it fares compared to Idol. Will you watch both?