Paula told Nicole to vote popular kid act off X-Factor

Recording proves that Paula advised Nicole to send Rachel Crowe home.

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Recording proves that Paula advised Nicole to send Rachel Crowe home.

Paula Abdul winning friends and influencing people on the X Factor.

When Rachel Crowe was voted off The X-Factor last week, very few were more shocked than Nicole Scherzinger, even though she was the one who voted her off. Scherzinger was the last of the three judges to cast her vote, with Simon and Paula voting off her competitor Marcus Canty and L.A. Reid choosing to side with his mentee Marcus and vote off Rachel Crowe. When it came time for Scherzinger to vote, she became visibly upset, not sure what to do.  Canty looked as though he were prepared to leave, and Crowe looked confident in her performance. Scherzinger leaned in toward Abdul, visibly shaken, and kept saying she wanted the decision to go to deadlock.

“I can’t make this decision,” she said at the time. “Please, I can’t make this decision because I’ve been up there and I know how it feels. I love and adore both of you, so I have to go to deadlock.”

Host Steve Jones told Scherzinger he needed to hear her say she was voting off Rachel Crowe, so ultimately she said it, no matter how uncomfortable she was. When the vote came back that Crowe was leaving, jaws dropped. Crow herself dropped her strong, adult attitude she’d kept throughout the entire show and wailed for her mother.

“When I saw that look on her face (I felt) that I let her down, like I dropped her,” she told People. “I could have been holding on and I dropped her. She is the sunshine of our show, so it’s hard to see her cry.”

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TMZ released a report today stating that Paula Abdul was the one who told Scherzinger to vote Crowe off the show. Paula’s mic was off, said TMZ, but if you mess with the volume, you can hear her saying, quite clearly, “Just let it go to a deadlock.” Because those were the same words Scherzinger used before she was told she had to say she wanted to vote Rachel Crowe off, she obviously heard Abdul.

With The X-Factor airing this week with its final four contestants – Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene – performing live and eliminating another contestant. The final prize of a recording contract and $5 million will be awarded at the final show Dec. 22.

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