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In a huge U-turn by TV executives Cheryl Cole has been invited to return as a judge on the US X Factor, according to reports.
The News of the World claims that, in a shock move, bosses at Fox have decided not to sack the Girls Aloud singer from the programme after all.
It is believed Simon Cowell intervened after being criticised for allowing her to be replaced after just four auditions. Former Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger was due to step in as the fourth judge on the panel, alongside Paula Abdul, LA Reid and Cowell.
It is claimed she will now return to her original role as co-presenter alongside Welsh host Steve Jones. Cole, who is 27, was reportedly dropped because auditionees were having problems understanding her Geordie accent and did not know who she was.
But after a public outcry over the way she appeared to have been treated, it seems Cowell may have wooed her back. The paper claims the media mogul is frantically sorting out a deal so Cole can rejoin the panel when auditions start again in New Jersey on Wednesday.
He has been in the UK for the final episodes of Britain's Got Talent. The Sunday Mirror quotes a source close to Simon Cowell as saying: "We have offered Cheryl a second chance and she might still come back to US X Factor. Fox have been re-examining the situation and have had a change of heart.
"After the debacle with the UK judging panel we have started negotiating with Cheryl's camp and the ball is now in her court."
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