Fox and Nicole Scherzinger Address X Factor Changes

America is still buzzing over the firing of Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul from The X Factor. Fox alternative entertainment president Mike Darnell recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the changes, explaining it shouldn’t really be a shock because the first season was like an “audition.”

“Simon got one big new star out of it – LA Reid, and that was great casting. There’s going to be a natural reassessment,” Darnell said. He explained that Paula’s departure was “an interesting call.” It was hard to let her go because she and Simon are friends. “I think we decided to pull the Band-Aid off as quickly as possible.”

Darnell wouldn’t go into details, but the judges aren’t the only changes viewers should expect for the second season.

Meanwhile, Nicole recently spilled her feelings about The X Factor to Access Hollywood. “All I know is that I gave 110 percent to that show,” she said. “I know everybody’s talking about it, they’re saying good, bad, they love me or hate me, but the one thing you can’t say is that I didn’t give it my all.”

Despite being let go, Nicole has no regrets. “I had a wonderful experience on the show,” she said. “I loved being a part of my ‘X Factor’ family. Nothing could obviously prepare me for everything I had to go through, all the emotions and stuff, but I have no regrets. I’ve always believed in never looking back and just moving forward and I’ve got an amazing year to look forward to.”

Fox has not officially named a new judge, but rumors suggest it could be Fergie, Beyonce, Elton John, Victoria Beckham or the most likely candidate- Mariah Carey.

by Melissa Warner on February 8th, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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