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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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196.

King of TMZ    

... or do a repeat of the specific segment with a one final slow-mo deep voice repeat :D

1013 days ago
197.

Maurice    

At the end of the day, AMERICA did not vote for her. America did not want Rachel Crow.

1013 days ago
198.

Freda    

It is still Nicholea fault she a grown girl she did not have to do as Paula instructed her to do. she has her own mind and her own paycheck. i guess Simon is her boss and signs the checks not Paula. She was hired for her own opinions not Paula's. Stop all the blasted crying and be a big girl for a while.

1013 days ago
199.

monica    

well !!!if you think of it ,while you watching the video ... Nicole couldn't vote for one of them ! they are both talented... she only wanted a deadlock because she didn't want to just vote between 2 amazing and hard choice! yess Paula said told her to vote for Rachel just go for a deadlock ..she only said that because she knew the feeling that Nicole was feeling because she was the 4th person to vote ! and its hard !.. its not her fault ! don't get me wrong i loved Rachel more than Markus .. !

1013 days ago
200.

micky22    

If Nicole can decide all by herself like a big girl, then she shouldn't be there!

1013 days ago
201.

Milodapajo    

That was the most honnest decision. It's a pitty that the americans who voted decided to choose the wrong person. So, don't blame the judges but the people who voted.

1013 days ago
202.

Mic    

Oh, please. The voter's left Rachel Crow with the fewest amount of votes. Regardless of Nicole's decision for a deadlock, the fault falls upon the viewer's. This is Jennifer Hudson's elimination on American Idol ages ago replayed. Girl gives an amazing rendition and proves her vocals, ends up eliminated. Textbook: do not assume your favourite is safe because of a stellar or safe performance; always vote.

1013 days ago
203.

Leonie    

Neither Paula or Nicole is to be blamed.The proper way of doing it is by votes.It's the votes that counts and some people who are having a fit over the elimination never even put in a vote for Rachel.The judges need to stop their strategy and let the votes do it.I'm sure someone already left that had more votes than someone they voted for to stay.

1013 days ago
204.

Ray    

Judges are judges and there job is to JUDGE.. not pick 1 because you fell in love with his style or not pick the other one cause you fell in love with her cuteness. Judges shouldn't even be able to do what Nicole did, she knew she had the choice to make it all go to deadlock of she chose rachel. The way the judges were setup and there powers need to be re-organized for next season. If Rachel sang better then Marqus, LA should have chose Rachel... because he is simply a judge. He shouldn't have picked Marqus just cause they on the same team..

1013 days ago
205.

Rene    

I mean come on is Nicole fault, why go into a deadlock vote you are over 21 year old bitch, you can make your own decisions so dont blame paula even when paula is brain death. I mean i seen two better singers go before marcus come on thats why i havent like this show at all. Will be watching American Idol in january better show. Boycott this show is not really worth it even with the 5Million dollars this show wont make it

1013 days ago
206.

susan    

It was neither Nicole nor Paula's fault, It was the voters. As much as I enjoyed Rachel Crow she would of never have won the five million. I believe that either Josh or Melanie will win.

1013 days ago
207.

ron    

Thank you Paula! Rachel didn't have a great vocal range. She said she didn't care which way it want, she was okay. Neither judge is to blame because Rachel got the lowest votes. But thanks Paula and Nicole. Couldn't take another week of that kid wanting fame more than anything.

1013 days ago
208.

B=Dog    

Death threats?? Over a TV SHOW?! What a bunch of losers.

1013 days ago
209.

PrettyRose    

I don't know how many millions of dollars Nicole is getting paid to be a Judge (LOL) on X Factor but she definitely needs to return part of her salary. She's not doing the job she's been paid to do...she's listening to Paula. Paula needs to go too. Simon, you need to hire some women with spines!!!

1013 days ago
210.

POETUS    

Death threats???are you kidding me? some people need to get a life cause these people clearly have too much time on their hands. The public wanted Marcus to stay so thats the end of it> It was a difficult for Nicole to make a decision as everyone could clearly see SO she decided to go for deadlock. SO WHAT????

1013 days ago
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