It is official. Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones will not be returning for another season of X Factor USA. This comes as a shock to many because for many weeks it had been rumored that only Scherzinger and Jones were getting the boot. When news came that Paula Abdul was joining them, everyone was surprised. Therefore the remaining judges Simon Cowell and Antonio "L.A." Reid remain in the judges seats. No replacement has been named as to who will be replacing Abdul and Scherzinger. (Which is a good thing because it is really getting hard to spell her name). The former Puzzy Cat front-runner was doomed from the start it seemed with the constant bickering with Simon. There was talks that Kelly Rowland, who is warming the judge's seat in the UK version of X Factor, would be switching with Scherzinger. However, none of that has been confirmed.
To Cowell's credit he stated, "We had a lot of fun making the show together, and importantly, we found some real talent and starts." Many have felt that the relationship that Cowell and Abdul had was unbreakable and there are a lot of disapointed people now that the news is finalized. The important thing is that X Factor fared well with ratings, but didn't reach the viewership they wanted to obtain. However, X Factor USA is returning with fresh faces this time to judge the upcoming stars to the music industry. To some this comes as a blessing from the constant antics of Paula Abdul and Nicole's incessive praises and uncertainty, it was very clear that they just couldn't say no to people.
The series, of course, is not over and there are plans to change things around. X Factor USA is here to stay according to producers who have invested in this show. Who do you think should be a judge on X Factor USA? Who should host?