Cheryl Cole Offically Out As 'X Factor' Judge, Fox Confirms
Cheryl Cole Offically Out As 'X Factor' Judge, Fox Confirms

In her continuing drama with the producers of "The X Factor," it appears that British pop star Cheryl Cole may yet be headed to the U.S.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's industry source, Cole -- who was dropped from the U.S. version of the show after four days for reasons that remain unclear -- was willing to return to the U.K. version of the show, as Fremantle producers had wished. But TMZ reports that she was owed $1.5 million in her contract for the U.S. season regardless of whether she appeared on the show, and she wanted to be paid the agreed-upon amount as well as a separate fee for performing in the British show. The industry source tells THR that Fremantle bristled at this point and the two sides are in a stand off.

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To avoid breaching her contract for the U.S. show, Cole will have to seek a visa in the days ahead, return to the U.S. and turn up for "X Factor" tapings. Whether she will have a role in the show is unclear; certainly it's possible that the two sides will reach some sort of agreement returning her to a role in the U.S. show to end an embarrassing public dispute.

Cole has not yet applied for a visa due to paparazzi hounding her, according to a source in her camp, but intends to do so. The show's next auditions in New Jersey are scheduled for June 9th at the Prudential Center in Newark N.J.

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Fremantle and Fox, which will air the show in September, declined to comment. A source close to Cole says "nothing would make her happier" than to collect the payout she's due. Cole and Cowell's representatives also declined to comment.

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