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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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151.

X-Factor Groupie    

um...didn't the voters send her home. i thought after last week they would make it go to a deadlock. they both sung really well. yeah marcus been there 3xs but apparently he still has some support b/c he had more votes.

960 days ago
152.

Lori    

Nicole has a mind of her own

960 days ago
153.

Maritza    

If Nicole doesn't have the corage to accept it's her fault to send Rachel home that mean that she doesn't deserve to judge anybody, she doesn't deserve to be in so important program because she doesn't have her own decision, she can't take a decision by herself. It's a shame to have that anprofessional people in XFACTOR. PEPSI next time choose a better people for judges.

960 days ago
154.

Fyona    

Actually its her fans fault.

960 days ago
155.

TheDuke    

This show is such a joke! Does Paula wipe Nicole after potty time? I qui*****ching weeks ago due to the constant bickering and competition between the judges. Astro was a clown with no talent, but made it riding on L.A. Reid's back. Who wants to follow a weekly show that you have no control over whatsoever? American Idol can't come soon enough!

960 days ago
156.

Keeping it real    

Here's the deal. America voted on Rachel's last week's performance. Clearly Rachel was the best singer of the two that night. Nicole's job was to choose, based on those two songs, not back away from her job.

960 days ago
157.

Lisa    

Were we watching American Idol.... when America votes! I thought the whole point of the show was that the judges voted. There should be five judges so this won't happen again. Although Rachel wasn't going to win the 5 million...in the sing off, she gave it 150%. Nicole should have seen that.

960 days ago
158.

tlcmk    

Question is: Can we ban the kid from ever being in the entertainment business.

960 days ago
159.

Marie Jacobs    

The call went to deadlock and America" voted. Simon should never trust the public, when L.A. Reid says Ï have your back", he means it and there are people out there, TYING UP PHONE LINES, everywhere voting for Marcus.

960 days ago
160.

cher    

I did not like Nicole on Dancing with the Stars; I liked her even less on The Sing-Off (Y'all)and I really dislike her on The X Factor. She is overly dramatic, a terrible mentor, a manipulative judge and is not doing her job. Watch her replacement on The Sing Off and you will see how a competant judge works; Sara Baralis is authentic, knowledgeable and a helpful judge. I love Simon, but until Nicole leaves, I refuse to watch it. Rachel is incredible and the only reason people didn't vote for her is because it was thought she was a shoe in and LA's remark about Hollywood clinched it. Except for simom, the judges are all inept and sneaky. Sorry, simon but I can'*****ch your show and the number one reason is Nicole!!!!!

960 days ago
161.

Pam    

America Voted....Judges should not vote for who leaves, leave it up to america!

960 days ago
162.

jess    

I cant believe Nicole is bad mouthing Paula. She needs to get her boring self off the show. Shge isn't even famous in the U.S.

960 days ago
163.

Barb    

Who in their right mind would listen to Paula about anything?

960 days ago
164.

Diane    

Nicole should be sent home and Rachel brought back (like Melanie was). Rachel's "save" song performance was so much better than Marcus's and everyone, who is honest in this world, knows it. There was no need to got to a deadlock because the performances were not even close to being equal. This is a matter of fairness. Period. And, what Nicole did was *not* fair. Americans believe in fairness. The message sent to our children, by Nicole, is that hard work and talent don't matter. That's why so many people are upset about this.

960 days ago
165.

Stacy B.     

People take this show waay too seriously. Get a LIFE! Neither Paula nor Nicole are to blame, America decides the results and that is what you got! I feel like the judges shouldn't have any say in the votes anyways. Rachel Crow had been inconsistent in her performances for awhile, I'm surprised she made it that far. Simon was giving her all the wrong songs, but he thought he was doing something,lol. The tantrum she threw was totally unnecessary. I felt like she was begging to stay. In my opinion, it's not about who win, but you will be successful in the end! The winner doesn't equal success people, look at the bigger picture. I've been a Marcus fan since his first audition and this guy has earned his place & more in this competition, despite the naysayers. Marcus has been the most consistent and has keep his shining personality all the way through, despite the adversity he has faced. He is already a WINNER to me! However I don't feel I want him to win this show though. He doesn't need the show now, better doors are open for him! Team Marcus Canty all the way!

960 days ago
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