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US critics pick Cheryl Cole over Nicole Scherzinger

Brit singer wins reviews of X Factor USA

Top ... axed Cheryl Cole fared better than X Factor USA replacement Nicole Scherzinger, right

Published: Today at 13:51

US CRITICS have backed axed X Factor USA judge Cheryl Cole — saying she was BETTER than replacement Nicole Scherzinger.

Cheryl, 28, was dropped from the panel in May but still features in part of the opening episode.

And many reviewers — who saw a preview of the show which kicks off tonight — said she was more interesting than Pussycat Doll Nicole.

A scathing piece in the New York Times brands 33-year-old Nicole "not much more than a seat warmer".

The review read: "In the premiere Cheryl just kind of disappears mid show, without much explanation, and suddenly Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls is in her chair. It's a downgrade.

"Ms Cole showed glimmers of being interesting; in two seasons as a judge on The Sing-Off on NBC, Ms Scherzinger was a pretty face but, judicially speaking, not much more than a seat warmer."

The Chicago Tribune said: "Scherzinger doesn't come off as an obvious improvement [on Cole]."

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And, discussing Cheryl, the LA Times wrote: "On a first impression, she is much more interesting than Scherzinger, if only for her fabulous Geordie accent."

It added that Nicole was "more interested in tearing up and out-glamming Pop Idol's Jennifer Lopez than bringing much to the commentary".

The US version got another kick in the teeth when the New York Times rubbished Welsh presenter Steve Jones as "utterly irrelevant".

The Boston Herald said he was "so far in the background, he might as well be on another network".

This week X Factor boss Simon Cowell said Cheryl had been axed because she seemed "bewildered" in America.

The Sun told today how Cheryl — who was furious with Simon when she was humiliatingly dropped from the show — had snubbed his suggestion for her to join the panel of Britain's Got Talent.

The X Factor USA will air on ITV2 tomorrow night after it launches in America tonight.

The Sun
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