Cheryl Cole will not return to X Factor

This year's judges will include Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos, but

The new line up of judges for the X Factor has officially been released with the obvious absence of Cheryl Cole's name. The judges will instead include Gary Barlow of the pop group Take That, Irish music manager Louis Walsh, American singer Kelly Rowland, and Tulisa Contostavlos of the hip-hop trio N-Dubz.

On 5 May, Cole signed on as a judge for the US version of the X Factor, but was fired after only three weeks of filming. Since her termination, many wondered whether or not she would return to the UK's X Factor, and this announcement confirms the latter.

The official reason why Cole, 27, was taken off the show has not been released, but speculations have begun to circle. Some believe producers feared Cole's Geordie accent would not be understood by US viewers. Others say Cole was involved in a fight with one of the show's other judges, Paula Abdul.

In an effort to resolve the issue, the UK's X Factor offered to restore her position as a judge on their show, but Cole refused the offer. Reports say Cowell demanded a timely response, and she didn't appreciate the short notice he gave her.

Cole and her manager William Adams ignored calls from the shows executives. Some say she did this to get revenge against Simon Cowell, as he did nothing to help her in the US.

Walsh said the group would welcome her back with open arms.

"I'm surprised about what happened to Cheryl in the US but yes, I'd like her back on the UK show," Welsh said.

Some believe the show will be hurt by Cole's absence, but Cowell has high hopes for the new assortment of judges.

"They have had a ton of hits between them, and they are all committed to finding a star. I have a feeling Louis and Tulisa will have slightly different points of view as to what the next star should look and sound like," Cowell said.

Barlow has performed on the show in the past, but is new to the panel of judges.

"My goal is to find a global superstar. If I don't find one, I won't have done my job," Barlow said.

Reports speculate that Cole, whose career began on a reality TV show, may join the cast of the BBC show The Voice as a judge.

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.