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.
Paula Abdul may soon reunite with her "American Idol" nemesis Simon Cowell: The entertainer is in negotiations to join the judges' panel on Cowell's upcoming talent competition, "X Factor."
"I've always wanted Paula. Always been very vocal about that," Cowell tells Deadline. "I missed her the second she left the show. Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain."
Cowell, who will serve as judge alongside music producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, adds that he doesn't quite understand his connection to Abdul. "I don’t know what it is about her, but I've always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she's right," he says. "I've never found anyone better than her."
And now for the latest in Paula Abdul news:
TMZ has obtained a recording of a Valentine's Day phone call Abdul made to 911 in which she appears to be having a spat with her boyfriend as they drive along a Santa Barbara freeway.
"I want out of this car and he won't let me!" a frantic, crying Abdul tells the operator, before saying to her beau, "Are you gonna drop me off? Are you gonna drop me off, 'cause I have emergency on the phone!" The "Live to Dance" host ultimately tells the operator she is indeed being dropped off.
Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul's days of discovering fresh new talent aren't over. The singer-dancer has just launched AuditionBooth.com, a new casting website for aspiring entertainers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, AuditionBooth - which 48-year-old Abdul co-founded - hopes to connect those with dreams of being in show business with casting directors, producers, and managers of TV shows, reality series, Web videos, and ad campaigns.
Talent can use AuditionBooth to record and upload their audition videos, while casting decision-makers can search and screen submissions, and visitors can comment on and "Like" videos.
Simon Cowell isn’t the only one with big post–“Idol” plans: Paula Abdul is now on board with a talent competition tentatively titled “Got to Dance.”
Abdul will be an executive producer, creative partner and lead judge on the CBS show, according to a press release. On top of all that, Abdul “will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for the contestants during the performances and elimination process,” the statement said.
Like Cowell’s "America's Got Talent," Abdul’s show is an American version of a British ratings champ, and, also like Cowell’s forthcoming reality talent competition “X Factor,” people of all ages can sign up to compete, either alone or in a group. The show is also open to all kinds of dancing, from ballroom to bhangra to breakdance, the statement said.
Paula Abdul hasn’t really discussed “American Idol" since the new season began.
Unless, perhaps, you read more into the tweets sent out via her Twitter account.
The perky former “Idol” judge often uses Twitter to communicate with her fans, and she turned to the social networking site to announce when she and the show couldn’t reach an agreement to bring her back for season nine.
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