'X Factor' judge shake-up: Cheryl Cole out, Nicole Scherzinger in -- report

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There's some pretty surprising news coming out of the "X Factor" camp.

TMZ reports British pop star Cheryl Cole, who served as a judge on the U.K. original before officially signing on for the same job in the upcoming U.S. version, is already departing the series.

Instead of Cole, series co-host Nicole Scherzinger will take her judge's seat, presumably acquiescing hosting duties to Steve Jones.

Scherzinger is familiar with the job. The Pussycat Doll subbed for Cole on the U.K. version last season. If this pans out, she'll judge alongside alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.

No explanation for Cole's departure has been made, and show representatives did not immediately return Zap2it's request for confirmation. Consider this one developing...
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