After all the drama over casting the judges for FOX’s upcoming “The X Factor,” judge and producer Simon Cowell tells Zap2it he may have been wrong about axing Cheryl Cole and takes the responsibility.
Cole, a wildly popular singer in the U.K. and a judge on the show there, was initially in the line-up for the American version of the singing contest debuting Sept. 21.
“I worked with her for years in the U.K., and she was sensational,” he says. “We shot a couple of days, and I just had a feeling — and I was probably wrong – and I think she would disagree with this. And I thought she would be more comfortable on the U.K. show, and we spoke to her.”
“Initially she agreed to it, and we were way into a negotiation,” Cowell says. “And it all went public and it all went horribly wrong. And she was offered to come back to the show. And she didn’t want to go on that. It was one of those decisions you have to make as a producer.”
The show reunites Cowell with former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger join them on the panel.