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Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul 'exit The X Factor'

Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul have followed host Steve Jones by leaving The X Factor ahead of its second season, according to reports.

The Welsh TV presenter announced on Monday (30Jan12) he won't be returning to the series when it comes back to screens later this year (11).

The show now looks set to be facing a massive shake up amid reports Nicole Scherzinger, who replaced British singer Cheryl Cole in the line-up, and Paula Abdul, have both left the judging panel.

A representative for Fox has reportedly confirmed Nicole Scherzinger's departure to E! News.

A source tells the website, "She wants to focus on her music career. She's spoken to Simon (Cowell) and he's given her his blessing."

Paula Abdul is also said to be leaving the program, although this rumor has yet to be confirmed.

A source adds, "She (Abdul) found out today. At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid."

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