Nicole Scherzinger has been given the boot from the singing competition show, The X Factor. The former Pussycat Dolls singer replaced British singer Cheryl Cole at the beginning of the season in a controversial move that had many of Cole’s fans irate. However, it was announced today that not only will Nicole not be back for the second season of The X Factor, but Fox has confirmed that Welsh host Steve Jones will also not be returning. According to Deadline.com, Paula Abdul may also have been cut from the show. An insider apparently told the site “Abdul will not be returning as a judge next season.” The source went on to say that despite reports saying Scherzinger stepped down because she wanted to focus on her music career, neither Jones, Scherzinger nor Abdul left the show of their own accord. That would mean the only returning judges would be Simon Cowell, whose contestant Melanie Amaro won the competition, and music producer L.A. Reid.