Short-lived The X Factor judge Cheryl Cole today sued producers Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2.3 million. Even though she was dumped from the show before it debuted Stateside, Cole claims that she is owed the money under the pay or play contract she had. The British host and singer says in her Breach of Contract suit (read it here) that while she was paid $1.8 million for season one of the U.S. X Factor, it is the money for season two that she is seeking now. Cole served as a judge on the UK version of X Factor and was imported by Simon Cowell to serve as judge for the debut season of the American version of The X Factor. That never really happened. Cole was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger before the show even went to air. “On June 5, 2011, Blue Orbit formally elected to exercise its pay or play right pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, such that Cole was not required to perform any services as a judge on The X Factor series,” says the complaint. Besides her $2 million fee as a judge for season two, Cole is seeking the additional $300,000 for wardrobe, stylist and living expenses she says she is owed. The X Factor is currently in its second season with Scherzinger having herself been replaced by Britney Spears as a judge on the show. Cole is represented by Allen B Grodsky of LA firm Grodsky & Olecki.
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