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Nicole Scherzinger

Paula Told Me

to Vote Off Rachel Crow

12/12/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF



"X-Factor" judge Paula Abdul secretly instructed Nicole Scherzinger to vote off Rachel Crow last week ... just moments before the earth-shattering elimination -- and we have proof.

Paula's mic was down when Nicole was making her decision -- but with a little volume tinkering ... you can clearly hear Paula whisper to Nicole, "Just let it go to a deadlock."

Nicole did just that ... a decision that sent Rachel Crow packing -- and resulted in a torrent of death threats from angry fans everywhere.

Everyone's blaming Nicole, but the audio raises the question -- is Nicole really at fault for sending Rachel home? So we gotta ask ...

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136.

Cooley    

Who cares! I liked Marcus and thought his performance was better anyone.

Rachel is OK, a bit too young to be singing Etta James and did nothing outstanding with the song.

I was tired of that child and all this drama is making me even more tired of seeing her.

Look, Marcus won. Get over it.

1011 days ago
137.

Coco C    

So what??? Rachel will be fine. These contestants know the rules when they go into this. They should just go by the fan vote anyway...if so, Rachel would have been sent home...so would death threats be sent to the fans that did or did not vote?...I think not! It's not that serious!

1011 days ago
138.

az_barbie66    

CountryGal - whats with all the name calling? Are you that insecure that you need to put others down, especially a child. What a piece of work you are!

1011 days ago
139.

ValVal    

Who would listen to Paula Abdul? Lol. Really... this show. It isn't about talent anymore... it's about drama as usual.

1011 days ago
140.

ARod    

There should be an additional option for "neither". TMZ, you're adding to the immature hatred towards two people who are participating in a TV show. At the end of the day, the contestants should be grateful for the opportunity to have such exposure. People are getting way too emotional over TV!

1011 days ago
141.

jdelanoi    

This poll sucks. How about another option: America. They were the ones that actually voted Rachel off.

1011 days ago
142.

chartman    

nicole, you are exactly what i thought. you are a phoney fake. you do not deserve to be on the show if you listen to what paula tells you. she is so whacked what she says does not matter. you tried so hard to make yourself cry, act like you were so sad for rachel. you should have voted off that black kid that went through. he is terrible. you, paula and la should be fired. you can't sing, act nor do you give a dam about anyone except your big ego self. gotta go bitches. and la just a name dropper.

1011 days ago
143.

dierdre    

I CANNOT STAND EITHER ONE OF THESE BIMBOS....IT WAS DEFINITELY NICOLE'S FAULT ELIMINATING LITTLE RACHEL CROW...ABDUL DIDN'T PUT A GUN TO HER HEAD....SHE HAS HER OWN MIND, AND UNFORTUNATELY SHE HAS NO BRAINS....IT'S LIKE THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND....PULEEEEEEEZE SIMON GET RID OF THE BOTH OF THESE IDIOTS, AND MAYBE YOUR SHOW WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER....ALSO GET RID OF THE BACKGROUND DANCERS, SINGERS, AND ALL THE FRIGGIN LIGHTS....ITS WAAAAAY TOO MUCH....ACTUALLY ITS REALLY ANNOYING....YUKKKKKKKKK

1011 days ago
144.

Ki    

Nicole said that she did not want to be the one to send either of Rachel or Marcus home. Well, I/m sorry Nicole, that's what you are being paid to do, to judge! What about being the one to "do the right thing". And doing the right thing was keeping the best singer one. She knew it was Rachel! Paula knew it was Rachel! and Simon knew it was Rachel! LA knew it was Rachel but he did not want to send home his mentee. I think that Nicole was really looking for some attention for herself. If she can't be trusted to make an honest, obvious judgement call then she needs to be removed from the show! The X Factor should not allow such unprofessional behavior and judges need to search within themselves and ALWAYS do the right thing. Nicole's childishness was obvious. She can't now blame anyone else but herself, if she considers herself an adult!

1011 days ago
145.

bassick19    

Sooooo....­.Simon and/or X-Factor staff sold Paula out!!!! Or they're trying to take heat off of Nicole, but still making Paula look like the influencin­g factor.

There's absolutely NO way anyone could get audio of ONLY Nicole's mic unless someone within X-Factor leaked/rel­eased it that way.

1011 days ago
146.

jolorenzo    

The decision was made by the people, not Paula or Nicole or LA Reed or Simon. Rachel had the lowest amount of votes, period. Besides, these kids are too too young. THey all think they're going to be world famous, and then when they're voted off the show, they fall down sobbing and outraged. Rachel said, "You promised me" . Promised what? How many people actually become world famous from these shows? Rachel needs to go back to junior high school and star in the school play.

1011 days ago
147.

Lauren    

This show needed a ratings boost in the worst way and this was certainly a method to create controvers­y, and talk about the program; even negative attention is better than no attention,
It's difficult to manage a 13 year old's career; unless you're Disney! There are school requiremen­ts, constraint­s on time for rehearsals­, etc.. and time is money in the recording industry, and

3.) It was prearrange that Marcus Canty (despite being in lower two, three times) would be put through over Rachel Crow. However, Rachel surprised everyone by her knock-out performanc­e last night; Marcus is likeable but he just can't stay on key with any song he sings! Nicole Scherzinge­r's performanc­e and crocodile tears wasn't just insincere, it was down right phoney. Her presence on the show was nothing more than a distractio­n; but Simon, you didn't need to make a public put-down statement to her; you're older and can rise about that level of pettiness. The whole thing was so badly done that Simon and LA tried to hush Rachel when she cried "Momma, you promised, you promised me!" as if she was about to give away a secret not for the public to know. Something was definitely said to this child via Momma, via Simon, via LA behind the scenes and they reneged on her. No child would cry and be that shocked otherwise. Shame on the adults!”

1011 days ago
148.

tlcmk    

Question is, can we ban the kid from the entertainment industry? Just way too annoying to be rewarded with success.

1011 days ago
149.

MISERABLE66    

Wheres the - who give a F**k choice?

1011 days ago
150.

bassick19    

I did not hear "YOU PROMISE(D) ME". I heard "You Promise Me". Rachel was saying "You Promise Me" to her Mother after she told Rachel that it will be alright!!! People with POOR hearing keep trying to add more onto this than it is. It is possible that X-Factor did to Rachel what they did to Astro...booted them off before their actual time. But Rachel did not act in a bratty way, and her Mother was not out of line promising something to her daughter previously than Rachel saying "You Promise(d) Me". That's NOT what she said. Give this kid a break!!!!!

1011 days ago
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