May 26th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
Just as she was about to make it big in America, Brit beauty Cheryl Cole has been dropped from "The X Factor."
The former Girls Aloud singer, who appeared as a judge on the U.K. edition of the singing competition, officially signed on to the Fox series in early May, joining Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and music producer L.A. Reid on the panel.
Now, TMZ reports that the show's creators have changed their tune and ousted Cole.
A source close to the production tells TMZ she was let go because her British accent was too thick for American audiences. Making matters worse: She reportedly didn't get along with Abdul. Fox has yet to respond to CNN's request for comment.
It doesn't look like Cole's chair will remain empty for long, however. TMZ claims Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was originally hired to co-host the show with Brit personality Steve Jones, has now taken over her spot.
"The X Factor" premieres on Fox in September; auditions are already underway.
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