When asked about the positive reaction the Fight For This Love singer had received, Darnell told Deadline: "It's easy to love the one that's gone, but Nicole is great too. Both are stunning but also very different. [I have] no regrets. But I also love Cheryl."
It is thought Darnell played an active role when it came to sacking the 28-year old from the US series, despite previously stating when the gorgeous Geordie landed the job that she had "the whole X Factor package" and that he loved her "charm and chemistry" withSimon Cowell.