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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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76.

sally skellington    

its both paula for the idea n nicole for taking the advice of the ditz

1045 days ago
77.

jenna    

please move on

1045 days ago
78.

VCruz    

Why do you people care!?!?!? She's going to work for Disney now. Get OVER it! plus, America voted the kid off... isn't that her target audience?

1045 days ago
79.

cwheeler    

REALLY Nicole REALLY!!! I thought you were a grown woman.

1045 days ago
80.

B    

You're a judge...be a judge for goodness sake...

1045 days ago
81.

AntiSocialForum.com    

Nicole is hotter so it's Paula's fault.

1045 days ago
82.

JDizzle    

I think it worked out for the better. Now the she lost, Disney is going to pick her up and she will make more money then she would have if she won. Disney has BIG plans for her.so in a way she did win. just not the X-Factor.

1045 days ago
83.

TJ    

How many singing competitions on TV do we really need?

1045 days ago
84.

TB    

At the end of the day... THEY'RE BOTH AIRHEADS!!!Put their brains together and you still wouldn't get one complete thought.

1045 days ago
85.

Golem    

It is what she deserves for pulling a cowardly move. I love the irony. She so desperately wanted to remove herself from any controversy by not making a professional and adult decision but then wound up being the goat. Well deserved Nicole! Cowards should never be rewarded. Marcus was a pathetic chest slapping buffoon and did not perform better than Rachel in the sing off.

1045 days ago
86.

piratesrule8    

How is it either judges "fault"? Doesn't the person with fewest votes from viewers go home on deadlock? It's a popularity contest and the person who got sent home just wasn't popular enough with the public so went home....

1045 days ago
87.

Johnny    

Seriously its no one's fault, its a competition and there are winners and losers. END.
STOP THIS NONSENSE, YOUR GOING TO GET AN INNOCENT PERSON HURT

1045 days ago
88.

Mary Bailey    

Nichole needs to quit it and face the fact that a good portion of the X Factor viewers either 1) can't stand her phony butt or 2) don't care about her. To paraphrase the boomy voiced X Factor announcer IT'S TIME. TO FACE. THE MUSIC. THAT AMERICA HATES YOU NICHOLE FLOPSINGER.

1045 days ago
89.

eli    

Nice misleading headline TMZ! You're all shameless. Nicole didn't SAY anything about Paula doing this. Bad, bad, bad.

1045 days ago
90.

Jazzy.J     

Both Dumb B**CHES

1045 days ago
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