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.