Cheryl Cole suing "X Factor" for $2.3 million

Image of Cheryl Cole smiling

Cheryl Cole, an English recording artist, songwriter, dancer and model, is reportedly suing “X Factor” for more than $2.3 million dollars in damages that she feels she is owed, even though producers fired her before the first season of the U.S. show got off the ground.

After rising to fame in 2002 when Cole appeared on the reality television show “Popstars: The Rivals” where she won a spot in the U.K. girl group Girls Aloud, Cole has had a lucrative career and much success in the UK charts and in Europe. When Girls Aloud went on hiatus in 2009, Cole launched her solo career, releasing three albums, numerous number one singles, and earning her three BRIT award nominations. In 2008, Cole became a judge on The X Factor in the UK where she went on to judge three seasons of the show before leaving in 2011 to judge the American version. This is where the problems started.

Cheryl Cole appears with fellow X-Factor judges, including Simon Cowell

It appears that after Cole signed her contract to be a judge on the American “X Factor” that the producers felt that American audiences would not be able to understand her British accent enough, and so they fired her and replaced her with Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls)….who was ALSO fired and then replaced by Britney Spears (who I should mention might also be in jeopardy of losing her place on the judges table if recent rumours are correct). Maybe the job is jinxed?

Cole says that she signed what is called a “Pay or Play” contract with Blue Orbit Productions which guaranteed her a total of $1.8 million dollars to judge season one and another $2 million dollars for season two regardless of whether she appeared in a single episode or not. While Cole was paid the $1.8 million for the first season she has not received the further $2 million she was promised, along with additional bonus money which she says she was offered to cover everything from wardrobe and stylists to $15 thousand dollars a month for lodging in L.A. (Yes, that’s right 15 THOUSAND. A MONTH.).

Blue Orbit Productions has yet to make any statements or return any phone calls yet, according to TMZ.

Do you think Cole is entitled to the rest of the money or do you think she should cut her losses and walk away?

- The X Factor (US)
- Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
- Simon Cowell

Written by: harrisr
Dec 8th, 2012, 4:43 am


Message Posted On Dec 14th, 2012, 7:29 am
"Lodging", they probably would have put her up in a fancy hotel with good service during the shoots, so that's $500 a night. And it was probably subtracted from her actual salary. Either way it's not a lot of money in the realm of prime-time TV production. Some actors and producers make over half a million per episode.

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 11:13 pm
Yes, unless there's an out clause somewhere in that contract then she's owed the money. As far as the $15,000 a month, that might just about cover the rent in some areas in Los Angeles.

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Message Posted On Dec 8th, 2012, 4:59 pm

If the contract she signed was indeed "pay or play" then yes, she's entitled to the money.  And if Blue Orbit was stupid enough to offer her $15 grand a month for lodging, they should be made to pay it as a stupidity tax!



Message Posted On Dec 8th, 2012, 1:15 pm
well if they did in fact make that contract, the company should pay her regardless of what happened before.
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