Wednesday, 1 February 2012

'X Factor' Fires Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Steve Jones.

When Simon Cowell makes a change, he doesn't mess around. Deadline is reporting that Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones have been axed from X Factor.

The firings of Steve "Robot Host" Jones and Nicole "You Made That Poor Crack Baby Cry" Scherzinger are both no surprise, but the ousting of Cowell's longtime friend and fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul is a pretty big shocker. Fox has confirmed the departures of Scherzinger and Jones, who were both routinely maligned by critics, but the network has not yet commented on Abdul's dismissal. The mass upheaval makes music producer L.A. Reid and Cowell himself the bloodbath's sole survivors.

X Factor also went through casting upheavals before it even aired when original judge Cheryl Cole was let go after one taping and replaced by Scherzinger. So now the question becomes, who should replace the replacer? We've been saying for months that Idol's original winner Kelly Clarkson would make a stellar music competition judge, but The Voice has already snapped her up as a mentor for its upcoming season. Cowell will likely look to the charts for replacement ideas. Both American Idol and The Voice have judges that are (mostly) still relevant artists, a fact that added to the buzz and legitimacy of both shows.

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