The premier of The X Factor USA gave viewers and TV critics a quick look at Cheryl Cole, who was axed by Cowell after one week.

TV critics in America have praised Cole’s short lived role on the judging panel, criticising Simon for axing her. She was replaced with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger. Simon Cowell spoke to CNN earlier this week giving his account for the first time as to why he decided to axe her from the show. He told CNN host Piers Morgan: “You come to a country like America, it’s a big deal – it takes a while to adjust and I took the view along with a few other people that she would be more comfortable back in the UK.”

Viewers in the UK can see Cheryl Cole tonight on ITV 2 at 8.00pm when The X Factor USA makes its debut. The LA Times said: “Cowell has said he replaced Cole because she seemed ‘bewildered,’ but on a first impression, she is much more interesting than Scherzinger, if only for her fabulous Geordie accent.”

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