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Cheryl Cole annoyed by Cowell snub

By Andrea Petrou on June 8th, 2011

Cheryl Cole was annoyed Simon Cowell didn’t have the “guts” to tell her she had been sacked from the US ‘X Factor’.

The 27-year-old beauty – who was officially replaced on the show by Nicole Scherzinger earlier this week following two weeks of speculation – is upset the music mogul had created a “circus” around the talent show and believes it is “shoddy” her dismissal was made public before there had been any official statement.

A source said: “Cheryl is very much her own person and she hated the circus that the ‘X Factor’ had become.

“She was annoyed that when the bad news came, Simon did not even have the guts to tell her himself and left it to another executive.

“But she was even more upset that the discussions over her contract became open season for everyone. It was shoddy to say the least.”

Cheryl is also said to have hit out at 51-year-old Simon by claiming she is no one’s “puppet” in text messages to her friends.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “After the reports surfaced at the weekend that Cowell wanted her back, her pals were clamouring to know what was going on.

“Her text response was short and brutal – that she was ‘no one’s puppet.’ It said it all. And while not mentioning Cowell by name it was clear who she meant.”

Meanwhile, Nicole – who was originally supposed to co-host the show with Welsh presenter Steve Jones – has confirmed she only found out she had replaced Cheryl as a judge when she read reports in the press.

She said: “I haven’t said this yet, but I think it’s official that I have been made a judge. It’s an amazing opportunity.

“I’m kind of finding out along with everyone else. It’s kind of crazy to read about it in the newspaper first.”

Celebrity Style, X Factor

Cheryl Cole set to make a return to the US ‘X Factor’

By Andrea Petrou on June 6th, 2011

Cheryl Cole is set to make a return to the US ‘X Factor’.

The 27-year-old singer – who was sensationally sacked from the talent series last month – has seen Fox TV bosses make a U-turn in their decision to axe her from the judging panel after show chief Simon Cowell persuaded network executives to give her another chance.

While the reason Cheryl was axed from the panel is believed to be down to worries over her strong North-East England accent and lack of chemistry with fellow judge Paula Abdul, bosses are reportedly concerned they’ve made a “big mistake” after watching footage of the brunette beauty at the auditions.

With the ‘Promise This’ hitmaker expected to return to the show when the auditions start again in New Jersey on Wednesday (08.06.11), Nicole Scherzinger – who was believed to have taken over from Cheryl on the panel alongside Paula, Simon and L.A. Reid – will return to her role as co-host.

An insider told the News of the World newspaper: “This is the biggest surprise of the lot – Cheryl is back. Who could possibly have predicted this – it appeared that Simon had dumped Cheryl for good?

“But behind the scenes Simon has been wooing Cheryl. And key executives at Fox all realised they had made a big mistake. They have been watching the tapes of her at the American auditions and realised that she could be a huge star over there.”

Cheryl’s previous contract with Fox will reportedly be upheld, with the star continuing with the auditions and returning for the twice weekly live shows in the autumn.


Cheryl Cole determined to carve a career without Simon Cowell

By Andrea Petrou on June 1st, 2011

Cheryl Cole is determined to carve a career without Simon Cowell.

The 27-year-old beauty – who was sensationally sacked as a judge on the US version of ‘X Factor’ last week after just four audition recordings – does now want the music mogul to be the “puppet master” behind her career and is keen to work on her own terms and not become the new Sinitta, Simon’s ex-girlfriend who assists him on the TV talent show.

According to The Sun newspaper, Cheryl’s mother Joan told a friend: “She was terrified Simon had become her puppet master and she was being turned into his new Sinitta – Simon’s little pet.

“She is determined to carve out a career without him. He’ll have to come up with something special for them to even speak again.

“Simon made Cheryl a UK superstar. She became the nation’s sweetheart. But after he dumped her in the US, she decided to make a stand to show she’s not a puppy.”

Meanwhile, British ‘X Factor’ judge Louis Walsh has confirmed Cheryl plans to reunite with her Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts for a tour in 2012.

He told BANG Showbiz: “I’ve been on the phone to Cheryl all day, honestly I can show you texts, she’s fine. She’s getting back with Girls Aloud in 2012 and they’re going to tour.”

Celebrity Style, Gallery, News, Style spotlight, X Factor

Cheryl Cole out of UK X Factor – We look at her US and UK X Factor style

By Andrea Petrou on May 31st, 2011

In polk dots for the US Factor auditions

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Cindy Barrymore/ABACA USA

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Rihanna turned down a place on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor’

By Andrea Petrou on April 14th, 2011

Rihanna turned down a place on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor’.

The ‘S&M’ singer would have loved to accept the offer of a role on the US version of the show by head panellist Simon Cowell, but cannot appear when it launches later this year because of her hectic touring schedule.

She told Ryan Seacrest’s 102.7 KIIS FM show: “Yes, it’s something that I would have loved to do, actually. But our schedule doesn’t allow and it’s a demanding schedule to be on that show.

“You have to be around months at a time, which is impossible for me.”

Judges on the show have to go from city to city deciding which singers will go through to the next stage of the competition, then act as mentor to a number of acts and judge the live TV show on a weekly basis.

So far only Simon Cowell and music industry executive L.A. Reid have been confirmed for the panel.

Other stars linked to the show have included Cheryl Cole – who stars on the UK version of the programme – Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry.

Simon has admitted to having sleepless nights over the final line up, saying: “The truth is that the reason we haven’t announced the panel yet is that nobody can agree.

“You make a decision, then you get nervous about it, then you wake up in the middle of the night saying, ‘I’ve made a terrible mistake.’ You call everybody the following day to say you’ve changed your mind and then 24 hours later you go through the same process again.”

Meanwhile, preliminary auditions have been held in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

Celebrity Style, Gallery, News

Cheryl Cole confirmed for US X Factor: We take a look at her style

By Andrea Petrou on April 5th, 2011

The grapevine is buzzing this morning with reports that Cheryl Cole has been confirmed to judge the US X Factor.

According to the rumour mill, record producer and confirmed judge L.A. Reid let it slip that the pop princess was to star alongside him on the show.

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

However, Simon Cowell still won’t play and confirm or deny the rumours. It is thought he originally had reservations about moving Chezza to the US over fears that no one would be able to understand her Geordie accent.

We however think she’ll do amazingly. Especially in the fashion stakes. Just to remind you of her style we’ve put together a mini gallery of all her red carpet and casual looks.

Looking casual in stripes

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Dominic Lipinski/ PA Wire / PA Images

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Celebrity Style, News

Cheryl Cole doesn’t plan for the future

By Andrea Petrou on April 1st, 2011

Cheryl Cole doesn’t plan for the future.

The British singer – who has been linked to a judging role on the US version of ‘The X Factor’ – wants to enjoy some time off from work having had her life “mapped out” since she joined group Girls Aloud in 2002.

She said: “I really plan not to plan. I’ve had my life mapped out for the best part of 10 years, so for now I just want to enjoy myself and live for the moment.”

The 27-year-old beauty was thought to be out of the running for the US show because of her strong accent from England’s North East, but she insists she would never tone it down.

She told Britain’s Glamour magazine: “It’s going nowhere. Absolutely nowhere.”

Although she is spending a lot of her time in Los Angeles with her rumoured boyfriend, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional Derek Hough, she still misses British home comforts.

She said: “Ringtons tea from Newcastle is the best. I always ask my family to bring me some when they visit.

“I also miss British chocolate. American chocolate is awful! It’s like wax. I have to get some Dairy Milk or Galaxy brought out. As for their KitKats. I don’t even know how they can call them KitKats.”

Despite her trim physique and love for chocolate, Cheryl confesses she has no particular workout or diet to keep slim.

Asked about her health regime, she said: “I honestly don’t have one. People give themselves too much of a hard time with stuff like that – just do it if you want to. I don’t have a regime I regularly stick to.”

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News of the World Children’s Champions Awards: Alexandra Burke, Kerry Katona and Stacey Solomon

By Andrea Petrou on March 31st, 2011

Alex Jones

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Will Alexander/

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Fashion face off: Cheryl Cole vs Nicole Scherzinger

By Andrea Petrou on November 30th, 2010

Cheryl performing on the X Factor

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Cheryl Cole’s and Dannii Minogue’s outfits on X-Factor make Simon Cowell growl

By Andrea Petrou on October 30th, 2009

Dannii_Minogue and Cheryl_Cole.jpgIt seems that Simon Cowell is unhappy about Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue becoming fashion and style icons right under his nose during X-Factor.

According to X-Factor insiders the grumpy judge, who could be taught a lesson or two about fashion, reminded the girl’s earlier this week, that it was a talent and not a fashion show they were on.

We’re not sure why Mr Cowell is having a growl about this, instead we think he should take a leaf out of these stylish girl’s books and start dressing in a manner that would have our men wanting to copy his look.

Failing that he should just be thankful that his female judges are generating so much extra press with their fashion choices.

We’ve decided to ignore Mr Cowell’s criticism and starting on Monday we’ll be bringing you all the latest style news from the weekend’s shows including a gallery of similar outfits the girl’s were wearing.

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