CRITICS have praised Cheryl Cole for her brief appearance in the US X Factor - and questioned why Simon Cowell axed her.
Some even suggested that Cole outshone her replacement Nicole Scherzinger -- and raved about her Geordie accent.
The TV writers were dismissive of Welsh host Steve Jones after seeing the opening episode of the newly launched series.
Cole was said to have had promise, according to the New York Times.
The paper said: "In the premiere she just kind of disappears mid-show, without much explanation, and suddenly Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls is in her chair. It's a downgrade. Ms Cole showed glimmers of being interesting."
The Los Angeles Times wrote: "Cowell has said he replaced Cole because she seemed 'bewildered', but on a first impression, she is much more interesting than Scherzinger, if only for her fabulous Geordie accent."
The Chicago Tribune said of Cole: "She seemed perfectly at ease with the other judges - and perfectly easy to understand."
The New York Times described Jones as "utterly irrelevant".