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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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rachel will have a career, just not completely thru x factor america got a taste of her, she has many fans, and will go far in a singing acting career. i just don't want to watch the x factor without rachel there. so good luck to the other 4 contestents, they are going to need it. the juding system this year seems flawed, and they will need to make some changes for me to watch x factor next year.

984 days ago


Ah yes, it's all about you isn't it, Nicole.

984 days ago

edie day    

i dont understand the 'fault' thing. another judge voted her out first. when it went to deadlock, AMERICA voted her out. paula said to put it in deadlock. why is it all on nicole?? also, its a competition, someone had to go home.

984 days ago


Whose fault? Neither. Fans voted

984 days ago


Neither one of them are responsible for Rachel Crow going home. No one voted for her - not their fault!!

984 days ago


i think its stupid that the judges are always bragging and reminding the singers that its "a 5 million dollar contract and to turn up the notch" but if this is true than why do the judges get emotionally attached? they are suppose to think about that contract and business mentality but yet they dont live up their own words and get attached to some that clearly are less talented than ones who deserve to be on stage.

984 days ago


Everybody needs to stop the nonsense.. Its neithers fault... at the end of the day the deadlock was the most fair thing to do and the AMERICAN PEOPLE voted Rachel off... Period!!

984 days ago


IT'S Amarica Fault !!!!!!

984 days ago


The kid is cute but the world is full of cute kids who can sing well. I do not feel she was as good as the others. If she sang that way at 20 she would have gone home before. She should not go through just because she is a cute kid who sings well.

984 days ago


Ummmmm. it was left up to America as it should have been, so "We" (not me I don't vote) sent her home.. SHe tried to manipulate the situation anyway by grabbing the mic from the host and trying to console Nicole!!!! Little cheat!

984 days ago


This just proves her incompetence as a judge.

984 days ago

Marie Stock    

Actually Simon is to blame. Who in their right mind would have a 13 yr. old sing "Satisfaction". I got turned off since then (few wks ago)

984 days ago


The kid was cute but I'm sick to the point of nausea of cute kids competing on an adult stage. There was an extremely good singer years ago on Ted Mack Amateur Hour who lost to a kid we never heard from again. Kids don't belong on stage with adults. If the kids hysterical reaction was real, that alone is a good reason. If it was an act, it was overkill. Plus, I stopped watching weeks ago and just tuned in for the final and Nicole is still crying???? What is up with that? All the schmarmy garbage has got to go and Nicole with it.

984 days ago


If Nicole can't do her job , she doesn't need to be there. It was heart wrenching to see their very best act go home. Marcus should have went home, not Rachel! Nicole made her decision. She is a disgrace to that show and what being a judge for that show means!!!

984 days ago


Its Nicoles falt cuz she was stuipd for listing

984 days ago
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