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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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211.

emily    

who cares

955 days ago
212.

meme    

Neither are to blame, I would have done the same and allowing America's decision to come into play. It has to be a hard decision with so much time being spent with contestants. America, why you blaming Nicole or Paula when the decision was left up to you as well??

955 days ago
213.

emily    

if she can't make up her own mind and vote off someonethe way she was paid to do, then I VOTE HER OFF THE SHOW!!

955 days ago
214.

Sandy    

The public voted her off. Period.

955 days ago
215.

Bill Durham    

Nicole has destroyed the X Factor ratings with her poor judgment on this great talented performer, Rachel Crow. I won’*****ch this show any more.

955 days ago
216.

BB not bb    

Is it just me, or do you find it rude that they are crying and carrying on and laying blame over not picking a certain winner. It makes the real winner look kind of bad, like he didn't really deserve it or like they would rather not have had him win. Is that fair to him?


Why does any blame need to be leveled. It is an opinion; are people that afraid to have opinions any more? Not only that it was a professional opinion, not a spiteful or frivolous opinion. Why can't Nicole just take responsiblity for what she did and stop trying to push blame on others? That makes her look really weak.


I have seen her be very mean and judgemental to the contestants on her show that were trying out to be in her singing group. What is the big difference now? Is this all an act to produce drama and ratings for the show? How can she be so tough and cold one minute, and crying and laying blame like a child the next?


I don't think that is setting an example of good sportsmanship. If the little girl cried like a baby, that is one thing, but why is this adult professional joining in? Shouldn't she be setting a better example?


This is just to much drama for me. I really am turned off from trying to ever watch this show.

955 days ago
217.

Janille Roman    

I think that stupid that Nicole listened to what Paula told her that means Paula must controll Nicole if she does what she tells her to do. Nicole just lost respect for herself listening to that old lady because Rachel Crow had an amazing voice and Marcus, how many times where you in the bottom? 3 weeks in a row you been should of went home you can't even sing. My niece sings better then you and she only 1

955 days ago
218.

RUP    

Nichole has a brain dead kind of job. If you were deaf you could hear that Rachel was better. Nicole has to go, this job is over her head.

955 days ago
219.

Miamimimi    

People these shows are RIGGED from the start of every episode. They do everyting for the mighty dollar ie.: stupid idiot callers. If it is deadlocked more people will phone in seemples.

955 days ago
220.

RUP    

You cannot leave these decisions up to the public. People will vote you off if they don't like the color of your hair or the clothes you wear. It always comes down to a personality pick rather than talent. That is why the judges are put there to act in a professional manner and be able to choose based on talent. Period. The fact that Rachel was in the bottom two was proof that the voters did not vote in her favor and if Nicole did not make this about herself and stopped acting like a drama queen, SHE would have made the right choice based on talent and Rachel would still be there. Now this became the Nicole show. Shame on her. I do hope Simon replaces Nicole next season. This is not a job for her.

955 days ago
221.

Kenya     

America voted, so how is it The Judges fault. Clearly Rachel had the lowest amount of votes so she went home.Rachel will still get a deal so #Getoverit... Go Marcus!!!!!

955 days ago
222.

all about the money    

You need a 3rd option.

Nicole
Paula
America

Since it went to deadlock it was America's votes or lack there of that sent Rachel home. Sending it to deadlock was the "fairest" way to do it when you are torn between two acts you like and don't want to make the decision. Going to deadlock puts that power back into the hands of the voters instead of the judges.

All the people trying to blame either of the judges should go to a mirror and point. It came down to the votes and Rachel lost the votes. Great kid, her career is just starting, but no need to point fingers at anyone else than the people that voted or didn't vote.

955 days ago
223.

Marty    

I have read so many comments on Rachel's leaving. Some are good, some sad, and some are very critical of a sweet and very talented girl. I think it was done unfairly, Nicole should have voted what she felt and not put on such a show. I for one will no*****ch this show if it airs next season. To much drama and confusion from the judges. The contestants are put on the back burner most of the time. As Rachel has said, she did not prepare herself for being voted off. That is a big mistake, they should all be prepared for that..Mentor--your job! But I have seen Rachel on various shows since her departure and she is fine for the most part. She will always be sad because she wanted to win so badly for her parents. They gave up so much for her and she knows it. Also her Dad is sick and she desperately wants to be there for him. He has been there for her for most of her life. Her Mom is only a short distance from her at all times..So much love in that family. Good luck to you Rachel Crow. We will hear your name for years to come. Simon will see to that.

955 days ago
224.

Kelly     

HOW OLD IS NICOLE??? SHE IS A GROWN ASS WOMAN AND CAN MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS. WHO WOULD LISTEN TO WHAT WACKY PAULA HAS TO SAY ANY WAYS! GOOD TRY IN TRYING TO REDEEM YOURSELF BUT WHAT YOU DID WAS CAREER DEATH. NO LONGER A FAN. YOUR CRUSHED A LITTLE GIRLS DREAMS. MARCUS WAS IN THE BOTTOM 3 TIMES...ITS A NO BRAINER. STUPID!

955 days ago
225.

joe    

Niether one is at fault! The vote was put to the people and they didn't vote for her!!!!

955 days ago
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