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Nicole Scherzinger Leaving “X Factor” To Focus On Music

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Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly leaving “X Factor” UK to focus on her music career once more, and Simon Cowell will return to the show that once dominated ratings across the pond.

Scherzinger is said to have agonized over the decision to leave, but the former Pussycat Doll wants to get back to her roots and put out an album, her first new work in three years.

“It breaks her heart, but Nicole is sad not to be able to go back to the show this year,” a source told The Sun. “She put her music career on hold last year but now she has to focus on her music.”

Cowell created the UK version in 2004 and it was a powerhouse, taking over the talent competition market in Europe and dominating the ratings. When he made the move to the U.S., the show garnered interest but ultimately had a lot going against it; namely, the fact that it was up against “American Idol” and “The Voice”. With lagging ratings and a lot of turnaround where judges were concerned, Cowell has decided to cut it loose and return to the original, which has also taken a bit of a hit since he’s been gone.

“Unfortunately, there is no ‘X Factor USA’ without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life,” Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, said in a statement. “We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”

Cowell says the market is too saturated in the U.S. with talent shows for any one of them to be really successful.

“I don’t know why any show would want to be in America right now – anyone – because it’s too tough of a market. I mean, there’s going to be, this year, something like 14 talent shows on American TV. “I’ve got one of them with America’s Got Talent, which, luckily, is just as good as everybody else’s. It’s become a joke.”

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Nicole Scherzinger Leaving “X Factor” To Focus On Music


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  • Bmore Jake

    We Finally sent that bugger Simon Cowell back to England. As for Nicole, her reason for leaving, sounds like the same reason she gave for leaving the U.S. version. However, she did not return to her music, she returned to the U.K. version of the show. My guess is, that either she does not want to work with Simon again, or he fired her from that show, the same way he fired her from the American X-Factor…I'm gonna go with the latter…she's getting the axe AGAIN!

    • Mari Mason

      That is what I think too, Jakes… FIRE-DDDDDD! Focus on her music? What music? She's almost 40 years old. She better speed it up…

      • Peter

        You're right Mason…that self proclaimed "diva" has no music. Her last album…well…that last album that was supposed to come out in the US got the ax. I hear she's been trying to put out an album since 2007 but it keeps getting canceled. As to why Interscope hasn't dropped her, I have no idea.

  • Steve Wilson

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Sarah

    Why is Nicole giving up a sure paycheck? She is not much of a singer so what music career is she going back to?

    • Mari Mason

      Exactly, Sarah…

  • Julie

    Luckily she is a beautiful woman and sex sales even if she cant sing but I didn't know she was pushing 40…………………Just checked she is 35 so she good.

  • Isbonifacio

    Simon Cowell is an arrogant prick with a repellent personality.

  • lefants

    She gave it up not for her music career but for that thing she calls her boyfriend. He doesn't want her doing it because he wants eye candy at his races.

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