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    Posted: 24 Sep 2011 at 14:34

Bad reviews getting to you? X Factor USA judge Nicole Sherzinger looks downbeat on set of Vogue shoot

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 12:48 AM on 24th September 2011

U.S. television critics branded her a 'downgrade' from axed X Factor USA judge Cheryl Cole, and it seems the bad reviews may be getting under Nicole Sherzinger's skin.

The usually effervescent former Pussycat Dolls singer looked decidedly flat on the set of a Vogue magazine photoshoot in Los Angeles.

She looked stylish in an off-white dress, which was more modest than her standard wardrobe with its above-the-knee hemline and high neckline.


Downbeat: X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger on the set of a Vogue magazine photo shoot in Los Angeles this week

The frock showcased the 33-year-old's trim figure and toned arms.


But her trademark mega-watt smile was nowhere to be seen and she was instead sporting a furrowed brow.

She, along with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid are judges on X Factor USA, which premiered on Wednesday night to mixed reviews.


Stylish: The 33-year-old singer looked sleek in a white dress

Nicole was initially chose to host the show alongside Welshman Steve Jones, but was promoted onto the panel when Cole was fired.

Cowell made the executive decision to make the change because the Geordie judge seemed 'bewildered.'

The jury is still out on whether it was the right choice.


The X Factor: Scherzinger and her fellow judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid

'It’s a downgrade,' says Neil Glenzinger of The New York times. '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.'

Steve Johnson of The Chicago Tribune agreed: 'Scherzinger doesn't come off as an obvious improvement in the early going. She's more earnest like Kara DioGuardi than lovable like Jennifer Lopez.'

Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker was also sceptical about the appointment, saying last month: 'The immortal description of Clive James re Liza Minnelli holds true of Scherzinger: "She can’t even descend a staircase with sincerity."'


Replaced: The former Pussycat Doll took over X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole's short-lived job

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