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Simon Cowell appears to be shaking things up once again in his quest for higher ratings. It has been announced that Steve Jones, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger will all be out of the picture for season two of the competition program. Reps for the host and two judges claim that the split was amicable for all three though other sources claim that it was a very one-sided decision.

It is rumored that Scherzinger, Abdul, and Jones’ contracts were not renewed for the next season. It is suspected that Simon wants to spice things up one again to pull in the viewers that were missing from season one. Simon and L.A. Reid will be the only ones sticking around for next season and we all remember the drama that went down between Cheryl Cole being an original judge, replaced almost immediately by Scherzinger.

What do you think of Simon’s next desperate attempt at a hit show? Who would you like to see brought in as a new host or judge? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter!

– Reporting by Ashley H.