Despite high praise from both Simon Cowell and Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, reports suggest that Cole has been dropped because of her strong Newcastle accent.
The news comes just days before the still-to-be-announced UK judging panel are due to begin filming auditions in Birmingham. Previous auditions in Manchester were cancelled when Dannii Minogue announced her exit from the ITV1 show.
With only Gary Barlow confirmed for the panel (and Louis Walsh probably a cert to make a return), we want to know if you agree with Lord Alan Sugar, who has tipped Cole to return to the British version. Would you welcome her back with open arms or are you still bitter over her decision to leave the UK for the US in the first place?
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