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Nicole Scherzinger

30-Minute Crying Session

After 'X Factor' Elimination

12/9/2011 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nicole Scherzinger ran off the set of 'X Factor' in tears last night ... when the audience booed her like crazy for eliminating Rachel Crow ... and TMZ has learned she was hysterically crying in her dressing room for nearly a half-hour.

Nicole was charged with casting the final vote between Crow and Marcus Canty ... but didn't want to eliminate either .. so she sent the vote to "Deadlock" -- which meant it all boiled down to the audience vote.

Crow lost ... and broke down in tears ... and when the host of the show asked Nicole to comment, the crowd unleashed a chorus of boos.

Sources connected to the production tell TMZ ... Nicole bolted right for her dressing room ... and was "inconsolable" about the situation.

We're told Crow -- who was a crying mess herself -- heard about Nicole and went to the judge's dressing room ... where the two cried together and Crow told Nicole she was not mad about the decision.

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Scherzinger -- as TMZ first reported, she had already been getting death threats and hate mail for voting Drew Ryniewicz off the show last week.


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Not Fooled    

Simon let the vote go to "deadlock" a couple of weeks ago, and the sing-off was nowhere near as close as it was between Rachel and Marcus. So, if Nicole all of sudden isn't fit to judge, then neither is Simon by that standard. What people should be upset about is the fact that children her age are allowed on the show to begin with. Yes, she seemed mature because she was saying all the right things, but clearly she was not ready to handle the pressure of the show and/or was unrealistic in how a COMPETITION could turn out - both of which speak to young age and immaturity. Rachel's reaction was the third horrible reaction we've seen by the contestants when they learned they were in the bottom two or were being booted off - and all three reactions were by the youngest constestants on the show. And Rachel admitted that she was actually relieved to be off of the show because all of the pressure was starting to get to her. Give Nicole a break, she's been in their position, she knows what's it like to be judged like that. And if Chris Brown's voice can be considered "good", so is Marcus's. Shouldn't we all really be upset that Chris Rene is still on the show???? I mean, really. Where do we go from here?

1017 days ago


They have worked with these kids for months. I'm sure they have gotten very attached to all of them. You would have to have a heart of stone not to feel for that little girl. It's one thing to mentor an artist, it's another to say it's over. I couldn't do it either.

1017 days ago


What a cop out.Nicole Scherzinger is supposed to be a judge and sending it to deadlock at this late stage in the game is unforgivable.Lets hope next year she will be replaced by someone with more strength in them to vote properly like only a judge can.

1017 days ago


Omg that was such a sad thing to watch!

1017 days ago


I agree with all those who criticized Nicole for her inability to make a decision - she's a judge; that's what she would do and not wimp out. I hope she's satisfied with what she did to Rachel who, by the way, was far, far better than Marcus ALL the time, not just last night. Get rid of both Nicole and Paula and replace them with people who can do the job.

1017 days ago


I was surpised that America got it wrong. Rachel Crow, is a far better singer and entertainer that Marcus. Maybe America thought that other people would vote to keeop her on and vote Marcus off. That is why people should call in. As other comments indicated, Rachel Crow will get a contract with Disney, and she will bolt to stardom. I hope her parent keep her in reality as well. So this fame and fourtune with not go to her head. I am rooting for her success. As far a Nicole Schrzinger goes. I noticed as she was called to vote, she kept on looking over to LA Reed, as if asking him "What should I do?" it not her job to ask. Her job was to be a judge, and on that night she failed badly. She can cry all the tears in the world, she did deserve to negative emails, but, "NOT THE DEATH THREATS" she made a really bad decision on not making the call. So now, lets see who goes home next week. Wanna bet it is going to be Josh or Melanie, or Chris and not Marcus? Marcus will be in the bottom two again, and again, the judges will be called to vote, and who will drop the ball, Paula or Nicole? In the end though, none of the judges read the comments anyhow. Hey Harvey how about you being a judge in the X Factor next year..(LOL)

1017 days ago

sandra gortman    

Racheal was better tham Marcus and Nichle did not have the balls to do the right thing, and send Marcus home. Rachael will do better acting and will be seen again soon so not to worry. This is my last time watching the show. I will see where it goes now with Melanie being the most talanted on the show!

1017 days ago


....and the Oscar goes to...........Nicole!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1017 days ago


Nichole let her feud with Simon get in the way of making the right choice.

1017 days ago


Well First she votes Rachel off, Knowing Marcus has been at the bottom 3 times and has no freakin talent!! she is in a war with LA Reid and Simon, Then she makes it all about her by "CRYING" on Camera! WHATEVER! and how is Chris Rene still there?? She is a hateful spiteful horrible person and she should be the next one elimated from that show!! I will NEVER EVER watch X - Factor again!! absolutely ridiculous!! But you wait... Little Miss Rachel will go on to do HUGE THINGS!!! She had more maturity and talent than ALL of the Judges put together!!! Nicole..just note Kharma is a BEOOOTCH!!!

1017 days ago

Taylor Thompson    

Jesus, dude. This is exactly why they shouldn't have young kids on shows like this.

1017 days ago


not like this little girl died or something omg. STUPID.

1017 days ago

Brandon Hall    

They are NOT exploiting children for money. The girl is 14... she knows going into it what they out come can't be. Not everyone can be winners. There is no difference between this and a little league game... someone has to lose. She just happened to lose on national television. It happens... she will get over it.

1017 days ago


Well nicole....get ready to be booed everywhere you go! You should donate your salary as a judge because you are not doing your job. You think with your private parts and not with your head. Perhaps that is why you say such stupid things and do not give others the respect they give you by allowing you to talk w/o interruption.

1017 days ago


Since Nicole was a blubbering idiot and couldn't vote, I'll vote for her...Nicole, I vote your ass off of X Factor.

1017 days ago
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