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Nicole Scherzinger Confirmed As Fourth X Factor Judge
Nicole Scherzinger Confirmed As Fourth X Factor Judge

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger has been booked to fill the fourth chair on the UK’s X Factor judging panel - it’s official.

The former Pussycat Doll was sacked from her hosting and judging role on the US version of the hit talent show earlier this year, but it seems that’s only made the way for an improvement in her fortunes, after it was confirmed that she would be replacing Kelly Rowland on the UK talent show.

Life&Style reports that Nicole has accepted a reported $1 million offer to take Kelly’s spot, after she impressed the show’s bosses with her stint as a guest judge during the London auditions last month.

The news is bound to put a smile on the singer’s boyfriend’s face, British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, as it means she will be based in the UK for several months.

X Factor has been a rollercoaster for Nicole. She was sharing hosting duties with British presenter Steve Jones on the US version of the show last year, until she stepped in to replace Cheryl Cole, after she was unceremoniously sacked by show boss Simon Cowell.

Cheryl was followed by Nicole at the end of the series, along with Steve Jones. She will now join Irish judge Louis Walsh on the panel, as well as last year’s successes Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.

Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger being considered for X Factor position
Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger being considered for X Factor position

There are reported to be five celebrities being considered for former Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland's job.

Amongst the celebrities being considered are Katy Perry and Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger. Louis Walsh told the Irish Herald newspaper, “I’ve worked with Nicole and Katy before and I would love to work with them again, they were fantastic.”

Also being considered for the position are current X Factor Australia judge and former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown, singer Anastasia, and ex-judge Sharon Osbourne.

Confirmed judge Louis Walsh said: ”Mel B knows the format so well… Anastasia has sold millions of records and is a big star and I would give anything to work with Sharon again.”

Irish Louis currently judges the show with Take That's Gary Barlow and pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.

If pop princess Katy Perry were to take on the role, it would mean leaving rumoured new lover, Florence and the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd. Katy is said to have fallen head over heels for the tattooed musician, and was seen enjoying public embraces with him recently. Robert soon started following the singer on Twitter, and it appears they’ve now fallen for each other. Katy announced her split from Russell Brand at the end of December after 14 months of marriage, and their divorce is scheduled to come through in July.
 

Nicole Scherzinger to become first female Formula 1 driver
Nicole Scherzinger to become first female Formula 1 driver

It has been reported that Nicole Scherzinger is set to follow her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton into the sport that he lives and breathes. It is claimed that Nicole has been signed up by McLaren as part of their apprenticeship program, which will see her start off in one of the other Formula’s first.

Nicole Scherzinger has been receiving lessons from Lewis Hamilton since they first started dating up until they split up and now that they are back together, Lewis has persuaded Nicole to take the step and become the first ever female Formula 1 driver.
 
Lewis had a word with the top dogs at McLaren and convinced them to give her a test run before the start of the current season and they have been so impressed that they have decided to take a gamble on her. It is believed that Nicole will start out in GP2 to prove she has what it takes.
 
If Scherzinger manages to impress at GP2 level, she will then be given a drive in one of the lesser Formula 1 teams, to prove she can handle herself with the big boys. McLaren are extremely excited about the prospect of having the first ever female Formula 1 world champion, as are Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton.
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The X Factor USA star Marcus Canty shocked by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul sacking
The X Factor USA star Marcus Canty shocked by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul sacking

Former The X Factor USA contestant Marcus Canty has revealed how he was shocked when he learnt that judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul had been sacked. Marcus claims that he felt they were possibly the most honest of the judges.

Canty explained to MTV News, “I actually was kind of surprised [they left]. I thought it was a lot of drama on the show with Paula and Nicole, but they were so nice.”
 
He added, “I feel like Paula was honest. I feel like Nicole was honest - even in certain situations on the show that they got into, with me and Rachel [Crow] and at one point, me and Drew [Ryniewicz]. If I was in that situation, I probably wouldn’t know what to do.” He then reacted to the news of Britney Spears being lined up as a possible replacement.
 
Marcus continued, “Oh wow, I haven’t heard that one. Britney Spears, wow. That should be interesting. Britney Spears can be my mentor because, first of all, I was the entertainer. I know she would give me that pop I need. That’s definitely a great fit.”
 
Marcus Canty is currently signed to LA Reid's Epic Records.
Nicole Scherzinger praises Lewis Hamilton
Nicole Scherzinger praises Lewis Hamilton

Singer and former X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger, was at the opening race of the 2012 Formula One World Championships to cheer on her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. While Lewis did not manage to win the race, he still received praise from his girlfriend.

Nicole admitted that she admires everything that Formula One drivers do, as well as everybody else involved in the team. Scherzinger explained, “I just have so much respect for what the racers and their teams do.”
 
She added, “It is one of the greatest sports. I am fascinated and I am in awe of Lewis when I watch him. He is very special.” Nicole also admitted that she gets nervous before Lewis races but continued, “I am a very competitive person by nature so I try to focus positive energy for him.”
 
Lewis Hamilton qualified in pole position for the Australian Grand Prix but was passed at the first corner by his team mate Jenson Button, who went on to win the race. Lewis ended up coming in third place, after a safety car cost him second place to Sebastian Vettel.
 
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Louis Walsh confirms Simon Cowell and Britney Spears talks for The X Factor USA
Louis Walsh confirms Simon Cowell and Britney Spears talks for The X Factor USA

The X Factor UK judge Louis Walsh has confirmed that recent reports claiming that Britney Spears could be set to join The X Factor USA are 100% true, as Simon Cowell is currently in discussions with the singer. Simon Cowell and The X Factor producers are currently looking for two female stars to replace the former judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and it seems that Britney Spears may well be one of them.

Walsh explained, “I was out with Simon Cowell during the week, he’s in London. You know like you do and I know he is talking to Britney. He’s definitely talking to Britney to do his American show. Absolutely true!” Louis Walsh then discussed whether or not he would be returning for the UK version of The X Factor and whether thought his fellow judges would be returning.
 
He added, “I don’t know. OK, I think I’ll be back, I think Gary will be back. I think Tulisa will be back. Dermot’s definitely back! I’m not sure about Kelly. I’m not sure. No-one is contracted guys.” Simon Cowell currently has a lot of work on his hands to replace the outgoing stars olf both The X Factor USA and The X Factor UK before the two shows start later this year.
The X Factor USA’s Simon Cowell praises Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul
The X Factor USA’s Simon Cowell praises Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul

The X Factor creator Simon Cowell has revealed that he is impressed with how well and professionally Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul have responded since being axed from The X Factor USA. Simon claims that the reasons for their departure was now way negative on their performance and hopes to work with both of them again in the future.

Cowell explained, “I spoke to Paula on the night it was announced. I was going to speak to Nicole that night but we were on different time zones and couldn’t actually speak ourselves. They have both been incredibly gracious and respectful and I feel the same way about them. They are friends. There were certain reasons why the changes were made. Our shows always have to change and evolve over the years and this particular time it was decided to do it sooner rather than later.”
 
He added, “It wasn’t anything negative about them. I think there are huge opportunities for us working with them in different areas over the years and I’m not just saying that, I actually think it will happen.” Simon Cowell himself and LA Reid are the only two judges who will be returning for The X Factor USA season two, with a number of stars being linked to the two spare seats at the judges table.
Britney Spears to be new The X Factor USA judge?
Britney Spears to be new The X Factor USA judge?

It has been reported that singer Britney Spears is interested in becoming one of the new judges for the second season of the hit Fox singing competition The X Factor USA. Previous judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul have left The X Factor USA leaving two seats available at the judges table and Britney Spears would jump at the chance of taking one of those seats.

A friend of the singer explained, “She’s a huge fan of The X Factor and thinks it’s the perfect time for her to be a judge. She wants to show her fans she is back to her best and where better to do that than on national TV every week? She knows all about the ups and downs of pop fame. And with her schedule relatively clear she has the time to dedicate to a different project.”
 
A music industry insider then added, “Britney has had a tough few years but this would put her back at the very top. She would be great for the show and it could be great for her. In terms of excitement and intrigue Britney would top them all.” The X Factor creator Simon Cowell is still in discusses with the shows network Fox over who will be the two new judges for season two of The X Factor USA.
Kelly Rowland to be X Factor USA judge?
Kelly Rowland to be X Factor USA judge?

It has been reported that Kelly Rowland has put herself in the running for the vacant judging seats on The X Factor USA, admitting that she would absolutely love to be involved in the show. Kelly spent a lot of her time last year in the UK, where she was a judge on the UK version of The X Factor and claims that she would definitely be interested in being a judge on The X Factor USA.

Rowland explained, “It would be awesome to be a judge over here for X Factor. I really enjoyed my time over in the UK being a judge.” She then revealed what a great experience she had while working as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor. Kelly added, “The X Factor was a great opportunity and a great experience, and I would love to do it again.”
 
It was recently confirmed that only Simon Cowell and LA Reid would be returning to the judging panel for the second season of The X Factor, after Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were let go from the show. There have been a number of names mentioned as possible replacements, including Mariah Carey and Katy Perry, so Kelly Rowland would certainly not be considered the first choice.
Nicole Scherzinger shocked by The X Factor USA axe
Nicole Scherzinger shocked by The X Factor USA axe

Nicole Scherzinger has revealed how she was shocked to learn that she was being given the axe from the hit Fox reality singing competition The X Factor USA. Nicole claims to have no idea why she was given the boot from the show, as she feels that she always gave 110% and put her heart and soul into the show.

Scherzinger explained, “What happened? All I know is I gave 110% to that show. Everybody’s talking about it - they love me or hate me. But one thing you can’t say is I didn’t give it my all.” She then continued by admitting that she thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Nicole added, “I had a wonderful experience on the show. but I’ve always believed in never looking back.”
 
There have been many rumours of who will be replacing Nicole Scherzinger as a judge on The X Factor USA. One of those rumours was that Beyoncé was set to be offered a large amount of money to join the show but Simon Cowell has since denied those rumours. Although Simon has admitted that he would love to get one of either Madonna, Katy Perry or Mariah Carey to join The X Factor USA.
Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger back together?
Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger back together?

It seems that just four months after Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger decided to call an end to their relationship, they are back together and happier than ever. Lewis and Nicole were recently spotted together, strolling hand in hand and smiling from ear to ear, as they made their way to a meal in Hollywood.

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger were together for four years, when they decided to split. Lewis and Nicole met each other at the MTV Awards back in 2007 and seemed to be perfect for each other, both privately and professionally. On the Formula One track, Lewis was one of the best drivers in the field but since he split from Nicole, his performances have been lacklustre.
 
33 year old Nicole Scherzinger was trying to juggling her hectic work schedule, which included being a judge on The X Factor USA, and having a relationship with 27 year old Lewis Hamilton. However, Nicole has now left The X Factor USA and has plenty more free time to get her relationship with Lewis back on track. Hopefully this will also improve Hamilton’s performances in the 2012 Formula One World Championship.
Who will be on the new The X Factor USA judging panel?
Who will be on the new The X Factor USA judging panel?

Well it seems that Simon Cowell has got a lot of work on his hands, since he decided to let go of two of the judges from The X Factor USA, which will return for its second season later this year. It was recently revealed that Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul would not be returning to the judging panel for season two of The X Factor USA, so who will be replacing them?

Well, so far we have had plenty of names flying around, with nobody yet to be officially confirmed. It was first suggested that Simon Cowell would be approaching Mariah Carey to join the reality singing competition, as one of the replacement judges. There has also been talk of Simon Cowell being interested in securing Katy Perry as a judge for The X Factor USA season two.
 
However, the one that has had most people licking their lips, is the rumour that Simon Cowell was preparing to offer Beyoncé a large amount of money to be one of the judges for the second season of The X Factor USA. Unfortunately though, Simon Cowell has since denied these reports. So with just Simon Cowell and LA Reid remaining from the first season of The X Factor USA, who would you like to see joining them for Season two of The X Factor USA?