Ouch. Even though she will still be connected with the show, this will be a major downgrade for her.
Cheryl Cole's role on the U.S. version of X Factor could very well be referred to as a "guest judge." And her short time on the show as a judge in the early auditions process will be shown on the beginning episodes of the season.
Executive producer Richard Holloway says:
"Yes, of course Cheryl will be on the American show, she did auditions in two cities and we will reflect that. We did the same with Brian Friedman on the UK show."
Meanwhile an insider says:
"If Cheryl is made to look like a guest judge or an experiment that went wrong it would have big implications for her career and could kill her American dream. Being dumped from the show has been bad enough, I can’t imagine she will be looking forward to reliving the auditions on screen."
Agreed. This is such a major blow to Chezza. We feel for her. We really do. We're sure she'll soooo happy when all this X Factor dramz blows ovah!
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