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Are US X Factor bosses right to ditch Cheryl Cole?

Cheryl Cole has been dropped from the judging panel of the US version of the X Factor, according to a US report.

Entertainment website TMZ said sources claimed producers were concerned the singer’s Newcastle accent was too strong for US audiences.

Cole’s UK publicist has refused to comment on the story.

Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who had been lined up to co-host, will replace her, reports say.

After months of speculation, it was confirmed earlier this month that Cole had landed the coveted spot on the judging panel alongside former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, Antonio LA Reid and Simon Cowell.

Speaking to reporters outside the US studio on her first day in her new role, the Girls Aloud singer said she was not concerned about her accent.

“Americans can always understand me,” she said.

The 27-year-old added that she thought the audience would eventually “get used to it”.