It looks like singer Cheryl Cole is being replaced on "The X Factor" judges' panel by Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger, TMZ.com reports.

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Scherzinger was originally set to host the talent competition with British personality Steve Jones.

TMZ was told the replacement happened very recently, but was unclear as to why Cole is exiting.

Nicole will reportedly be joining judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.

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