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Olly Murs in talks to be 'X Factor' U.K. judge; Cheryl Cole self-esteem doubted

Olly Murs (pictured at left) and Cheryl Cole (pictured at right)
Olly Murs (pictured at left) and Cheryl Cole (pictured at right)
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Olly Murs is in talks to become a judge on "The X Factor" U.K., according to a report published by The Sun on Feb. 16, 2014. Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that Cheryl Cole is close to signing a deal to return to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel in 2014. But many people are questioning Cole's self-esteem if she is going back to "The X Factor," considering her very public declarations that she never wanted to work for "The X Factor" creator/executive producer Simon Cowell again.

On Feb. 7, 2014, the same day it was announced that "The X Factor" U.S. was cancelled, Cowell announced that he is returning to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel in 2014. He is replacing Gary Barlow, who was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2013. Barlow quit "The X Factor" U.K. because he said he wanted to focus on his music career, which includes a new album and tour from his singing group Take That.

Louis Walsh (who has been an "X Factor" judge since the show's 2004 debut) is mostly likely to continue as a judge on the show in 2014. Nicole Scherzinger (who became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012) has not yet commented on reports that she has quit or is about to quit the show. "The X Factor" U.K. also needs to find a replacement for Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the show in 2013, which she said was her last year on the show. Osbourne was originally a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. from 2004 to 2007.

If Murs becomes a permanent judge on "The X Factor" U.K., then he will become the first former "X Factor" U.K. contestant to have that position. (A few former "X Factor" U.K. contestants, including Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, have been guest judges or guest mentors on the show.) Murs came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2009, and he has since had hits in several countries. His biggest international hit was the song "Troublemaker." He co-hosted "The Xtra Factor" in 2011 and 2012. Murs was a guest mentor on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013.

Cowell was Murs' "X Factor" mentor when Murs was a contestant on the show. Murs is also signed to Syco Music, which is the record company co-owned by Cowell and Sony Music.

Several British tabloids, including the Daily Mirror, have reported that Rita Ora has also been in talks to become a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2014. Ora was a guest judge on the show in 2012, and she told the media that she turned down an offer become a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in early 2013, when the show was looking to replace fired Tulisa Contostavlos, who was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011 and 2012. Osbourne ended up replacing Contostavlos.

Cowell (who was originally a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. from 2004 to 2010) and Cole (who was a judge on the show from 2008 to 2010) left "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel to become judges on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2011. Cole was notoriously fired from "The X Factor" U.S. after just a few weeks on the job. She has since said in several interviews, on Twitter, and in her 2012 memoir "Cheryl: My Story" that she never wanted to work with Cowell again because of the way he treated her during the firing. But if the tabloid rumors are true, she might have lost her backbone and is considering going back to Cowell, whom she has described many times as a disrespectful and manipulative boss.

It's obvious that Cowell is hoping to recapture "The X Factor" U.K.'s glory days by getting most of the judging panel that the show had from 2008 to 2010, when show's ratings were at their peak. Ratings for "The X Factor" U.K. have been on a steady decline since 2011, and Cowell obviously wants to use Cole to help boost the ratings. The problem is that many "X Factor" viewers on the Internet are saying that they don't want Cole back on the show because they would prefer someone who has more talent and credibility in the music business.

The only reason why Cole would go back to "The X Factor" is that she is falling for Cowell's oldest trick in the book, which he uses to lure people back into his life after he has treated them badly: He dangles a lot of money in front of people he has used and emotionally abused, and they put their self-esteem aside for the sake of greed and getting a piece of Cowell's fortune. It certainly explains why he has a harem of ex-girlfriends who are still pathetically clinging to him.

However, money cannot buy self-respect. Most women would not willingly go back to a boss who has a long history of firing women and subjecting them to public humiliation. People with healthy self-esteem and strong character just don't do that.

In 2012, Cole made an appearance on "The X Factor" U.K. as a guest mentor assisting Barlow. However, Cole made it clear in statements to the media and on her Twitter account that she only did that guest appearance as a personal favor to her close friend Barlow, not because she wanted to wanted to please Cowell.

An unnamed source told The Sun about Cole possibly going back to being a judge on the show: "Simon [Cowell] wants Cheryl back more than anything and his idea is to make her the complete star of the show. She’s very tempted by his offer and looks close to saying yes. But she is concerned about everyone trying to whip up a b*tch fight between her and a new female judge. There’s also a feeling Cheryl and Olly would have great chemistry. He really fancies her and she would happily play along because she’s very fond of him."

It's foolish for anyone to think that "X Factor" boss Cowell would want to make anyone else the star of the show, so if it's true that this is something he is offering to Cole, then it's a very fake and unrealistic offer.

It's doubtful that Cole would want to be on the same judging panel as Scherzinger, who replaced Cole after Cole was fired on the American "X Factor." In her memoir, Cole described Scherzinger as a weird, phony person whom she didn't completely trust because Scherzinger seemed a little too eager to replace Cole on "The X Factor" U.S. (Scherzinger and judge Paula Abdul would later be fired from the show, although Scherzinger denies she was fired.)

Therefore, it is very unlikely that Cole and Scherzinger would work together as judges on the same show. Can you say awkward? Cowell would probably love it though, since he seems to like to see his female judges catfighting for the sake of ratings.

If the rumors are true and Cole doesn't want to be on an "X Factor" judging panel with another woman because she's afraid that Cowell will try to manipulate catfighting between her and another woman, that's a big red flag to Cole that she should not go back to "The X Factor."

In 2013, Cole settled a $2.3 million lawsuit that she filed in 2012 against "The X Factor" U.S. for non-payment of salary. Cole's "X Factor" U.S. contract stated that she was to be paid for two seasons, even if she got fired. Cole claimed in the lawsuit that she was only paid for one season. Terms of the the settlement were not disclosed to the public.

In 2013, Cole parted ways with her U.S. management, which advised her not to go back to working with Cowell. If Cole is seriously thinking about working with Cowell again, it shows she has low self-esteem, she's desperate for money, and she's getting bad advice from her current management.

Surely, there are better ways for her to make money than to go back into the viper pit known as working for Cowell, who fired her for no good reason other than he admitted that he wanted her to go back to being a judge on the British "X Factor." It's a job offer she turned down in 2011, and it's a job offer that she should continue to turn down if she wants to show the world that she has any self-respect.

In her memoir, Cole described how her ex-husband, Ashely Cole, repeatedly cheated on her during their marriage. And yet, she still got back together with him in 2011, a year after they divorced. (They got back together but did not remarry.) Not surprisingly, their reconciliation failed, and they broke up again after reuniting for about six months. Cole will be making the same mistake with Cowell if she goes back to work for him.

Maybe Cheryl Cole needs to learn the meaning of that saying: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Here are examples of Internet reactions to the reports that Cole is in talks to go back to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel:

From the Mail Online (The Daily Mail's website):

"If this is true then I thank goodness I stopped watching 5 years ago. The show is finished and washed up just like Cole."

"Bring back Cheryl, Why??? Rest a plank on wood against the chair it will have the same personality. Yes she is pretty, but she has had a lot of work done, with all that money we too could look like her. It is a pity money cannot buy her a personality."

"If it's not about the money why are they 'still in talks'?. About elocution lessons or maybe if she can mime her comments ??"

"Simon try to understand '' xfactor'' is not 'HOT' right now. u have to let go and come up with a new idea."

"They will know she is returning but are playing the guessing game in the hope of drumming up some publicity for a show that is well past it's use by date. Nobody cares!!!!!!!!!!"

"Really couldn't give a flying **** if she goes back to the X Factor or not, this story has been running far too long now, surely no one gives a toss."

"I don' t understand what they see in this woman ... has no talent, can not sing and is just beautiful to the English standards ..."

"Her biography states that she wouldn't work with simon again? awkward."

"I've seen people gunning for Dannii's return, and rarely seen someone want Cheryl back... So why is it Cheryl being thrown down our throats, once again?"

"You didn't want to inflict her on America, why make us suffer? Compare her to Nicole. Nicole can actually sing so she knows what she's talking about, and often makes hilarious comments that has Twitter all abuzz. Cheryl was a total bore when she was on the show - her critiques were neither entertaining nor musically astute."

"I'll be turning OFF then. X Factor needs axing."

"The finale nail in the coffin. She was rubbish the first time round, who is she to judge others on talent when she has none!"

"Simon is like the Paris Hilton of his genre now, he may have started it all but times change and new players come on board so now Simon is no longer relevant."

"It may not be about the money with Cheryl but it's certainly not about her talent, because she hasn't got any. She's had her 15 minutes of fame."

"Noooooooo not cheryl climbing back out of woodwork! Its been so nice not seeing or hearing her."

"Not Cheryl Simon! You've been there done that and it didn't work!"

"Huge mistake if this goes ahead. Simon is out of touch, as is Cheryl if she thinks that the UK want her to return to Saturday primetime TV. She was dire in the last series, completely believed in her own hype, self importance and wasn´t particularly nice to contestants eg; Wagner, because of it. Her X Factor USA stint brought her down a well deserved peg or two but has she learnt from that.........unlikely."

"If it's not about the money, why doesn't Cheryl volunteer then, she clearly needs to do some work and not put out another poor album with that voice."

"Cheryl! No! If she is not in it for the money, then it will be the fame. After X Factor, her popularity and fame went bellyup and downhill. I bet she is missing not being in the limelight. Let me guess, as soon as she gets on the show, she will try and gain popularity again and introduce a new single?? I would much rather Dannii than her."

"I thought (hoped) that Simon had more integrity. She will not grab viewers back from the competition. Shame on you Simon, totty over talent will not get your numbers back up."

"I think Simon see Cheryl Cole through rose tinted glasses! He must be feeling so guilty about her demise on American X Factor and subsequent lack of appeal with the British public, that this is just a helping hand to raise her profile again. She is being thrust upon us whether we want her or not! I certainly don't want to watch the cringeworthy Simon and Cheryl show being played out all over again. It's dead in the water, let it rest there!"

"Move on Simon."

"Cheryl is very 2009. Without X factor her last album was not a huge success (150k sales compared to over 1m for her first release whilst she was at her peak on X Factor). X Factor would be the only way to get her exposure and a platform to launch her new music (as she has said she is back in the studio). Can you imagine her belting out a song like Nicole did with Sam Bailey? No. Keep dragging all the past judges back just reeks of desperation, Sharon came back and left again after a year, now Cheryl, she would really have to be desperate for publicity again to do this. How many people would go back to a boss who sacked them, and who they sued? Another agenda if you ask me."