5:17 am - 12/07/2012

Nicole Scherzinger to quit X Factor to focus on career

"Tulisa, Gary, and Nicole are set to leave -
with Cheryl Cole retaking her rightful place."

NICOLE Scherzinger has dealt X Factor bosses a hammer blow — by threatening to quit the show and reboot her own pop career.

A showbiz insider said: “Nicole has proved really popular with viewers – men want to be with her and women want to be her."

The former Pussycat Doll, 34, said that getting two of her acts — James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas — into the final would be the perfect exit strategy. She said: “I’m really glad I did the show. I don’t know if I’ll come back next year. End on a high, right?”

Nicole has emerged as the most popular judge on this year’s panel and her departure would be another nail in the coffin of the ailing ITV1 show. However, Nicole, who has a new album in the pipeline, is keen to go back on tour.

She said: “This year has changed my life. As an artist, it’s put into perspective what I want, how to go about it.

“People have made me so comfortable and I have to thank you.”

There were reports earlier in the series that Simon Cowell was eager to poach Mel B from the Australian version of the show after a successful guest judging stint.

Reports suggest that besides Scherzinger, the only judge Cowell wants to see return to the show is pal Louis Walsh.

“Tulisa has lost her touch this year and her heart doesn’t seem to be in it, while Gary has a new album and touring commitments with Take That,”the source said.

It has previously been reported that Cowell is intending to return to the UK version of the show next year, and that negotiations are at an advanced level with Cheryl Cole on her return.

The X Factor has lost millions of viewers in the UK this year, and is down almost 10 million on its peak in 2009.

Liverpool singer Christopher Maloney has seen his odds slashed with the bookies as millions have been placed on him to win the competition.

The final of the X Factor 2012 takes place this weekend.

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fakevoices 6th-Dec-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
what career?
she is the perfect example of how being beautiful and somewhat talented can only get you so far in the music industry
heartstopper 6th-Dec-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
are we talking about chezza or nicole here? haha
fakevoices 6th-Dec-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
nicole but cheryl should also take notes, although i don't think she can sing
ritzyroxie 6th-Dec-2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Cheryl is tragique. Perhaps Empress Nicole could give her some tips on how to be a good judge/pop icon?
cloudynitemare 6th-Dec-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Somewhat talented? Her talent wasn't the problem at all, she just doesn't know how to market herself.
kydeon 6th-Dec-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she has all the ingredients for success: Tons of talent, attractive, personality etc etc.

I don't know why she keeps flopping
kuuuchan 6th-Dec-2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
because she doesn't have her own style..i mean she needs something to make her different from other artists
kiki3291 6th-Dec-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Her career frustrates me in that sense because she basically has the X-factor: she has the looks, talents and stage presence. Her people just don't know how to market her, every time she's set to make a comeback she suits up a new personality. It comes off fake and people aren't buying that.

kanonot 8th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
pixiedivision 14th-Dec-2012 11:30 am (UTC)
i think she needs her own refined sound, something that stands out.
get_gone 6th-Dec-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah and everyone seems to hate her for no REAL reason
babblinjoe 6th-Dec-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
mte! perfect comment!
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