Cheryl Cole has finally taken her seat on US X Factor's judging panel after months of speculation.
But according to American viewers, she has taken the wrong one.
Fans of the show were outraged when the Newcastle lass was seated beside Simon Cowell on the second day of auditions, apparently taking Paula's usual spot.
The reunion between Simon and Paula was long-awaited with their chemistry on his previous show, American Idol, described as "gold".
And an insider said: "The fans are angry because Cheryl is sitting next to Simon.
"They call Paula and Simon "Saula" and think that Cheryl is splitting them up."
But Paula seems to be taken with the star, having posted a picture of them together on Twitter with the accompanying caption reading: "She's lovely!"
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