Nicole Scherzinger Vs. Cheryl Cole: ‘The X-Factor’ Showdown (PHOTOS)

Millions tuned in for the arrival of The X-Factor to see how Simon Cowell would fare as he set about importing his British talent show to America. But for pop fans, the X-Factor premiere also represented a chance to see a little of what transpired when British songstress Cheryl Cole was replaced by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger on the judges’ panel as production began this past spring. Cole did indeed appear in the early part of the show, but it’s Scherzinger who’ll stay on. Who really should’ve won? Click through our gallery of the hottest photos of both performers and feel free to judge for yourself.