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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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31.

JiLL1    

Both Paula and Nicole are flakey dimwits. They are paid big bucks to be judges not to sob and whine when they have to make a tough decision. And another thing, in the elimination round, the mentors should be excluded from voiting when someone from their group is in the bottom. Everybody knows who the mentor will vote for anyway

1013 days ago
32.

mike    

Who cares. It is just a show.....That young girl has already be exposed to music producers and will get her shot anyhow.

1013 days ago
33.

Willie'sNelson    

Aww comeon aint nobodys fault, at the end of the day somebody was goin home. That boy next to Rachel looked just as upset at the thougt of being voted out. Nobody needs to send deth threts cause there upset. Its just a show and all them talented folk will do fine. Just be cool eveyone.

1013 days ago
34.

erkg    

Hmm - me thinks Nicole's old enough to make her own decisions, too bad she's not old enough to take responsibility - as my Mom used to say 'if so and so tells you to jump off a bridge, would you?' Grow up Nicole.

1013 days ago
35.

Rep    

Nicole is a grown azz woman who made her decision , which was BS by the way....

1013 days ago
36.

birdman    

She got the lowest amount of votes. She deserved to go home judges should have no say period. WHy AI is better

1013 days ago
37.

SpeakTheWord    

The show should be cancelled its a fraud...

1013 days ago
38.

CLINT    

The reason the show is supposed to do a sing off for the bottom two is so the can sing their asses off and try to be brought back on. Rachel was a hundred times better than Marcus at that point and should have stayed. If you can't judge on that premise, then you shouldn't be up there judging. All of the top five are going to be fine, so this is not the end of the line for any of them, but the judging criteria is off on this show.

1013 days ago
39.

Benjamin Schelling    

It was SO rude when the audience booed Nicole Scherzinger on the X-Factor ! It was too hard for her to choose, so she let America DECIDE ! If they were so mad Rachel got off, why didn't they vote for her in the first place ! What Buttfaceholes !

1013 days ago
40.

mily    

that doesn't even sound like paula's voice, but either way, Nicole is a big girl and she can make her own choices

1013 days ago
41.

Enough already    

SOme of you people are ridiculous. The vote is based completely on the save me song. America did not have a chance to see the save me song and then vote on it. So it is not America's choice that should be used.

1013 days ago
42.

george fudge!    

They are just two female singers without any talent, shouldn't even be on the show. When Nicole looks in the mirror, she sees Paula's face ... exactly what she will look like in 10 yrs.

1013 days ago
43.

Googie    

Scherzinger, you are kniving & we do not believe your crocodile tears. Acting like you cared. You put on an act & looked for a scapegoat to take the blame. You were taking up time until Paula felt sorry for your fake a$$.

1013 days ago
44.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Nevertheless... the death threats (supposedly) were lame. Even I have to admit to that.

1013 days ago
45.

Bud    

.......and this means what to me????

1013 days ago
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