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'X-Factor' Judges Paula & Nicole

Targeted by Death Threats

After Eliminating Drew

12/4/2011 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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"X-Factor" hosts Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger voted off the wrong contestant Thursday night -- at least according to several angry Drew Ryniewicz fans ... whose violent threats have Paula and Nicole fearing for their lives.

According to our sources, Paula and Nicole both got the cold shoulder from Simon Cowell after the show ... who was "furious" with their decision. But that's nothing compared to the abusive tweets and Facebook messages they've received. Some of the messages read:

-- "F**K you paula you dumb c**t you voted off the most talented person on your f**king show. i hope you die you DUMB B***H."

-- "I hope you die, you selfish----------"

-- "@NicoleScherzy @paulaabdul go die"

Sources on the show tell us Paula and Nicole are shocked by the harassing messages and neither has experienced a reaction so strong before.

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Buckaroobonzai    

all i can say is if America didn't want her off the show, than they shouldn't have put her in the bottom group. America put her there, not the judges.

963 days ago
17.

dd    

Oh please LOSERS, she's going to get a record deal anyway, she's only 14, and she sounded the same every week.

963 days ago
18.

alex    

Its just a tv show- come on people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCQBtZP2Hgk

963 days ago
19.

Just Saying    

The judging is supposed to be a live sing off. Based on the last songs both contestants sang - Drew had to go - she wasn't as strong.

963 days ago
20.

The Neko Nation    

Someone needs to do away with that stupid ghetto ho Nicole. Paula, just give her directions where that silly idiot can drive off a cliff.

963 days ago
21.

lanie    

Wait - where are the threats? They said "I hope you die" and "go die". That is NOT a threat. C'mon TMZ - there is no way that Harvey, as a lawyer, would have labeled this story that Paula and Nicole are getting "death threats", because people say they wish they'd die.

I would NEVER say that, even about Casey Anthony - it is asking for bad karma, but that's NOT a freakin' threat..

963 days ago
22.

AlishaPainter    

I was pretty disappointed in Paula not really in nicole she really was speaking from her heart, but it was like Paula was being mean to Simon and that isn't fair to Drew. No matter their pick it is just show and nobody should wish people to die. That is just mean.

963 days ago
23.

Bobby    

It's hard to understand why anyone would get worked up over a silly show. However, I don't really consider the example tweets in the article actual death threats. If there are others that are true death threats, then notify the police/FBI. In leiu of that, I believe TMZ needs to look up the word "threat" and stop overhyping stories.

963 days ago
24.

nORRis8    

This is all very shocking. No not the thingy about the death threats. The fact that people even watch this show.
Its like the Kardasians with judges.

963 days ago
25.

Savannah G    

This is ridiculous. The amount of hate these girls are getting is horrible. Not one person in this world should be getting so much hate from voicing their own opinion. You don't need to win the competition to become successful - Drew is 14, and most likely has a long future ahead as a recording artist. No one needs to get so worked up over a competition. I hope the people who said these things get some sense knocked into them.

963 days ago
26.

Kabala    

I doubt it's the first time...

963 days ago
27.

Truth    

OH MAN.. I THOT PART OF BEING A CELEB "IS" THE DEATH THREATS. THAT BEING FAMOUS MEANS YOU GET QUACKS HARASSING YOU ALL DAY LONG. BESIDES, THOSE AREN'T DEATH THREATS... DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAME AZZ TWEENERS MOUTHING OFF ON FB AND TWITTER AND HAVING A MARK DAVID CHAPMAN COME UP AND SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD WITH A 38. TRUTH!!

963 days ago
28.

Hannah    

And this folks is why I prefer X-Factor UK, at least there the judges are mature and the competition is fierce. I was really looking forward to watching the US version, but after these past couple weeks, its become really uncomfortable to watch. If they're doing this for publicity they've certainly got it. Ridiculous!

963 days ago
29.

some guy    

How stupid. I don'*****ch the show, but just looked up her performances on YouTube. If people think she was the best, then maybe they should cancel this show. All I can hear is a whinny cracking voice. And where did she get her hair styled, 1973?

963 days ago
30.

kitnplayn    

TMZ, I know your babyjournalists are not the sharpest toddlers in the crib, but wishing someone dead is not a death "threat".

963 days ago
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