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.
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?