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Nicole Scherzinger may not have gone over well as a judge on The X Factor in the United States, but this former Pussycat Doll is headed overseas.

To judge the same exact show!

Indeed, Scherzinger has officially signed on as a panelists for The X Factor UK, saying today in a statement:

“I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family. It's where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle. I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”

Nicole Scherzinger Photograph

The singer will be doling out advice from Kelly Rowland's former seat. Much to the satisfaction of Peter Fincham, Director of Television at IT, who responded to the news with:

“Nicole will bring her wealth of experience, both as a solo artist, and as a member of a group, to this year's judging panel. We're delighted that she'll be joining us for the forthcoming series.”

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Simon Cowell was not kidding about major changes coming to The X Factor.

With Steve Jones officially out as host - the Brit Tweeted the news himself - new reports indicate that neither Paula Abdul nor Nicole Scherzinger will return for season two.

"At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid," an insider tells E! News. "Simon wants to take the show in a different direction."

We can only hope that direction involves fewer contrived fights between judges and more of a focus on the singers themselves.

Original X Factor Panel

Producer Nigel Lythgoe was apparently taken aback by this development, Tweeting late last night: "Shocked to see Simon has fired Paula Abdul, Nicole and Steve from the X-Factor."

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Acknowledging a few mistakes made on the first season of The X Factor - too much judge bickering, overly involved production numbers - Simon Cowell told People Magazine this week he'll evaluate all aspect of the show for season two and that 2012 will be a "bloodbath."

We assume the producer was talking about the on-air competition, but might he also have been referring to backstage changes on the way?

With rumors that Steve Jones won't be asked back as host, Nicole Scherzinger recently laid the groundwork for her departure, as well.

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She may not be the most beloved judge - especially after last week's Rachel Crow ousting - but  Nicole Scherzinger is no slouch behind the microphone... on stage, that is.

Last night, prior to Marcus Canty's getting eliminated, the former Pussycat Doll debuted her new single, "Pretty," which is off the album "Killer Love." Look for it in early 2012 and listen to Nicole's solo effort now:

What do you think? Could Scherzinger hang with finalists Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik? They will compete next week for the title of First Ever X Factor Champion and we wanna know:

WHO WILL WIN?

 

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For the record, Nicole Scherzinger did not send Rachel Crow home on Thursday night.

This X Factor judge instead chose to let America decide between the 13-year old and Marcus Canty, yet Scherzinger is the panelist facing the harshest fan rebuke after Crow's name was called for elimination.

X Factor Results Pic

"My heart comes from the right place, so I get really sensitive when people are negative," the former Pussycat Doll told reporters after the show. "Don't [critics] know I only want the best for every single person?"

Nicole added that she thought Canty would be selected by voters, though they never got a chance to hear Crow's incredible survival song.

"When I saw that look on her face, [I felt] that I had let her down, like I dropped her," Scherzinger, who shed tears for 30 minutes after the episode, said. "I could have been holding on and I dropped her. She is the sunshine of our show, so it's hard to see her cry."

Crow, however, has come out and said the public should not blame Nicole, while the young crooner's fortunes are already looking up: sources say Disney has requested a meeting with Rachel.

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Drew Ryniewicz was eliminated from The X Factor on Thursday night, a result that left Simon Cowell clearly angry at his fellow panelists for voting off one of his charges.

But Simon's wrath is nothing compared to the words left for Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger by fans of Ryniewicz on Facebook.

Among the passionate, frightening, misguided messages posted by Drew supporters over the last few days:

  • "F**K you paula you dumb c**t you voted off the most talented person on your f**king show. i hope you die you DUMB B***H."
  • "I hope you die, you selfish----------"
  • "@NicoleScherzy @paulaabdul go die"

These folks would be well-served to heed the words of Drew herself in this interview: she made it all the way to the final seven. That's pretty darn impressive, and she has many bright years ahead of her. Chill, people.

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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?

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One was a sure thing, the other is a relative unknown in the States.

But both will soon be taking up time on your TV screen, as Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones have been named co-hosts of The X-Factor.

  • X-Factor Co-Host
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"These two are going to be great together," series creator Simon Cowell said of the choices. "I have always wanted Steve to work with us; I think he is a real star. Nicole is fantastic. I loved working with her on the U.K. X Factor last year. She is gorgeous and super-talented."

Scherzinger has been rumored as a host for weeks, while Jones' selection comes as a bit of a surprise. Corbin Bleu had been considered the favorite to appear alongside the former Pussycat Doll.

The X-Factor kicked off auditions this weekend and will air on Fox in September.

[Photos: Fame, WENN.com]

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The judges appear to be in place. But who will be The X-Factor's version of Ryan Seacrest this fall?

Entertainment Weekly reports that two names are close to finalizing deals as the competition's co-hosts: former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherziner.

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Bleu made his mark on the Disney Channel, but he's since gone on to anchor In the Heights on Broadway for a run. Scherzinger, meanwhile, is a favorite of producer Simon Cowell, who says he absolutely adores the beauty.

Contracts for both will need to be signed soon, as production is scheduled to begin on May 8.

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