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Simon Cowell reportedly feels guilty over Cheryl Cole's exit from the US X Factor

Simon Cowell reportedly feels guilty over Cheryl Cole's exit from the US X Factor

Simon Cowell reportedly feels guilty over Cheryl Cole's exit from the US X Factor

Speculation remains high over Cheryl Cole's next career move after she was apparently dropped from the American version of the X Factor.

The 27-year-old is said to have been dramatically dropped from the show, with her place as a judge likely to be taken by ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

Cole is now understood to have returned to the UK, but there has been no official confirmation as to whether she will return to judging the British version of the talent show.

Friends have claimed she is furious about her treatment and, according to the Sun, has ordered show boss Simon Cowell to double her pay.

A source told the newspaper: "It is humiliating for Cheryl. She believes she should be handsomely compensated for it."

Meanwhile, Cowell has reportedly admitted feeling guilty that Cheryl's place on the US show did not work out.

"He loves Cheryl and did everything in his power to get her on US TV," an American source told the newspaper. "But channel chiefs just weren't happy. It was a necessary evil and he feels terribly guilty about it."

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There are also claims the music mogul realised that the Geordie star did not "travel well", with an insider telling the Mirror: "Cheryl didn't play the game out there by sucking up to TV bosses and going to parties. Basically, she just didn't deliver."

On Friday, his friend Sinitta said Cowell and Cole were "in talks", however, one report on Saturday claimed Cole could turn her back on Cowell's projects and join talent show The Voice, which the BBC plans to launch on Saturday evenings next year after its success in the US.

A record company source told the Mirror: "Universal are heavily involved in recruiting judges for The Voice when it moves to the BBC and they are urging Cheryl to be the big star of the show."


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