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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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121.

MANU    

nicole can make her own decision yet she didnt have the freakn balls to!

941 days ago
122.

IsaidIT    

Neither of them are at fault. The fact of the matter is, there was a deadlock, and when it came down to the number of votes from viewers, Marcus Canty had the most votes. It is what it is.

941 days ago
123.

Rob    

Agree that even if Paula said that, ultimately it's Nicole's call.

941 days ago
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Angela Karanja    

she is not a child.at the end of the day she made the decision knowingly, no one forced her to,why should we pretend she is a child? she is full grown up, the position came with requirements, she did not fulfill her duties. also America is to blame, why did't y'all vote?

941 days ago
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LN    

America's fault. We did the voting. They always blame the voters on other shows like AI, so how is it the judges fault now? She has a future, yes, but she was not going to win it. She was pitchy the night of voting, that is what happens when you don't bring you A game every time.

941 days ago
126.

renata    

Blame it on america

941 days ago
127.

Wendy    

Nicole... she is an adult getting paid MILLIONS to CAST HER VOTE... goes back to the old saying if Some one told you to jump off the bridge WOULD YOU???

941 days ago
128.

Melanie    

Regardless of what Paula said, it was Nicole's job to make a decision!! Paula had already voted! Those two are already having a hard time thinking for themselves. Two people working off of one brain! Do they split their salaries?

941 days ago
129.

Cat    

Who gets paid a fat sum to make difficult decisions? oh, yes Nicole .. well there's your answer, only she didn't ..

941 days ago
130.

Tina    

Nicole is a judge. Judge for herself not what someone tells her.

941 days ago
131.

wheezy    

why is everyone making comments it is a show. but as long as the black singers on the show its a good thing. i have not heard anyone complaining when astro went home. that poor guy marcus is the last one. its a shame african americans dont stand a chance on any of the shows. i am white.

941 days ago
132.

jacksonfive210    

Who gives a ****! The people who got so upset and sent out death threats because some little girl got voted off need to get a life and some help it's a tv show.

941 days ago
133.

Savannah G    

I can't believe people are actually blaming this on Paula. It's like we have to find a way to make everything her fault. Come on, Nicole could've easily said no and sent Marcus home. It was Nicole's decision, so she's to blame.

941 days ago
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jack     

Why would anybody listen to Paula Abdul? In this case they are both at fault, Paula for forcing the vote to deadlock and Nicole for listening.

941 days ago
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KeeKeeMD    

Nicole turned to LA Reid to get his opinion and then turned to Paula. At the end of the day it was Nicole who made the decision to deadlock it and America who didn't vote for the child. None of that is Paula's fault. The only person whose vote Paula was responsible for was hers and her vote was to send Marcus home.

941 days ago
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