Cheryl Cole wins payout from X factor USA

The pop singer settled out of court with producers after she was dropped from the judging panel after just one show

Cheryl Cole has won a payout from producers of X factor USA, after she was dropped from the show after just one episode in 2011.

The pop singer was reportedly sacked from the show because producers feared US viewers would not understand her Geordie accent.

The BBC reports that she sued production company Blue Orbit for for $2.3m (£1.4m) for loss of earnings earlier this year. The case has now been settled out of court and the singer has accepted an undisclosed sum.


Cole had originally been signed up for two series of Simon Cowell’s musical reality TV show. No reason was given for why she was replaced with Nicole Scherzinger in May 2011, after attending X Factor auditions in two US cities.

According to legal papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Cole was due to receive a salary of $1.8m (£1.1m) for the first season, and $2m (£1.2m) for the second, which she had not been paid for.

She also claimed she had not been paid for further expenses, which included a $100,000 (£61,000) clothing allowance, a $25,000 (£15,000) allowance for her stylist, $15,000 (£9,200) per month for a hotel or apartment in L.A. and a $2,500 (£1,530) monthly living allowance.

A spokesperson for Cole told the BBC: “Cheryl’s dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably”.

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell has recently hinted that both he and Cole could return to the UK version of the show. Cowell recently signed a £140 million deal with ITV to continue the programme for three years, despite its falling ratings.