Simon Cowell Defends Nicole Scherzinger After 'X Factor' Backlash

December 10, 2011 01:39:46 GMT

'If she knew Rachel was going to be in the bottom, she would've gone the other way,' so the British producer says of his fellow 'The X Factor (US)' judge who has been blamed for Rachel Crow's exit.


Simon Cowell Defends Nicole Scherzinger After 'X Factor' Backlash
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Simon Cowell has just lost one of his acts again on "The X Factor (US)", but unlike some people who blame Nicole Scherzinger for Rachel Crow's elimination, he has no hard feelings against his fellow judge. Speaking to reporters after the Thursday, December 8 result show, the reality series' creator even defended her decision to vote for Marcus Canty and force a deadlock.

"[Nicole] didn't do this out of spite," Simon said. "What she was trying to do was to let Marcus go with some dignity. No question, if she knew Rachel was going to be in the bottom, she would've gone the other way." He added, "If there are death threats and stuff like that, it's crazy. Nicole is not a vindictive person."

The former "American Idol" judge also shared his positive thought on Rachel's shocking exit. "This could be a good thing for her - a wake-up call for Rachel and her career going forward," he argued. "I've spoken to her and I said, 'It's better to do this than be third in a weird way'."

He went on reasoning, "[Because] if we didn't know she was in the bottom and I thought she may have a chance at winning, that's a whole different ballgame. But being in the bottom, chances are she wasn't going to win this competition and Rachel said she thought she was."

Nicole herself has admitted that she never meant to send Rachel home, explaining "I wasn't going to be the one to send anyone home. Did I think America probably would have chosen Rachel? ... The probability was that they would have sent Marcus home."

Just like the 13-year-old who collapsed on the stage and burst into tears upon learning her fate, the former member of The Pussycat Dolls also started crying. "When I saw that look on her face [I felt] that I let her down, like I dropped her. I could have been holding on and I dropped her," she admitted. "She is the sunshine of our show, so it's hard to see her cry."

Though she was visibly upset about the result, Rachel is not mad at Nicole. Sharing what they talked about when she ran into the judge backstage after the show, the young singer said, "She told me that she was sorry. I don't know why she said that, but I saw her in her dressing room and ... I told her it was okay and not her fault."

She even urged her fans to stop making hateful messages to Nicole, "I want to say to all those people, 'Stop, Please.' [Nicole] is the nicest person and the most beautiful person inside and out. ... She is amazing, and I don't understand why people are taking it out on her. It's no one's fault. It's not even America's fault. It's no one person's fault. It's just what God had in store for me. And I will be okay."

Rachel indeed may see a bright future for her since Disney has shown its interest to the 13-year-old girl. A rep for the Mouse House has told TMZ, "Now that she has been eliminated off 'X Factor', a general meeting is planned with her and Disney Channel executives soon."

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posted by JessD. on Dec 14, 2011
The truth of all that the only culprit in this great injustice at the hands of an empty-headed young woman, has it Simon ... by choosing a mediocre singer who shot to fame through his body and his voice I turn off the TV!
posted by This is for cats1010 on Dec 14, 2011
who ever you are cats1010, shut up please, people like you get on my nerve.. if Nicole wants to cry let her alest it shows shes not cold harded unlike other people. The agruing is what makes the show worth watching duh.... LOSER!!!!
posted by London01 on Dec 13, 2011
I feel like all four people are there to do a job and that is to judge. Why all the crying bit. Nicole sent Drew home without one tear and I am sure she knew Drew would have more votes than Marcus. So, if she wanted to choose Rachel, why didn't she. I don't get it. I am sure all this talk does not make Marcus feel good at all. I am sure he feels like everyone wanted him to go and that is not a good place to be in, when you aren't gone. The judges just need to be judges and stop with the games.
posted by cats1010 on Dec 12, 2011
if Nicole can't judge without crying and acting so unprofessional she should be replaced. I get tired of the constant arguing between the judges. Once i see who wins i won't watch again. I for one can't take Paula or Nicole.
posted by CHRISTINA on Dec 12, 2011
No matter that other contestants are more talented LA Reid will always stand for his protege. This show is not based on the most talented singer.
posted by HOPE on Dec 12, 2011
JUDGES REPUTATIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHO IS THE BEST SINGER.
posted by ZOA on Dec 12, 2011
X FACTOR IS A SHOW OF ACTORS WITH TOO MANY EMOTIONS. SOMETIMES JUDGES DO NOT SAY THE TRUTH TO THE CONTESTANTS.
posted by martin on Dec 11, 2011
I would like to remind all the Canty lovers that he was in the bottom 3 times running and Rachel never before. Clearly, he was never a favorite. Rachel should have been saved.
posted by Bothered on Dec 11, 2011
Simon, can America vote to say that we'd like to boot off Nicole and see a different judge in her place next year? The judges should do what they're paid to do. . . judge. If you want this different than AI, please get rid of Nicole. It made sense when you used deadlock because Canty and Bell were close that night. However, this performance was a no-brainer and Nicole's reasoning, and your denfense of her reasoning, is disappointing.
posted by DDD on Dec 10, 2011
I didn't like Rachel Crow defintely did not want her to win, too overbearingly cutesy. But she clearly out sang Marcus Canty and earned the right to stay. LA reid, okay you have to vote for who you mentor, I guess. But nicole she's been irritating me the whole show with her fake personality. This just put it over the top.
posted by Rita on Dec 10, 2011
The question is not whether Nicole has class or a heart, the question is whether she can be a judge or not. As a judge she had to make a decision after hearing Rachel's and Marcus's performance. She did not do so. This means she is not a good judge.
posted by inday on Dec 10, 2011
STOP BLAMING NICOLE! IF SHE HAD VOTED FOR RACHEL, MARCUS FANS WOULD BE SAYING THAT SHE HAD ROBED MARCUS THE CHANCE TO STAY IN X FACTOR. BY GOING INTO THE DEADLOCK,SHE LET AMERICA DECIDE. IF YOU WERE ALL SYMPATHETIC TOWARDS RACHEL, WHY DID YOU NOT VOTE FOR HER??? IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT! GOSH! I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU PEOPLE!
posted by Lancelot on Dec 10, 2011
Nicole's job is as a judge. She showed the emotional stability of a child and failed to render a decision. She should be booted of the show. What a wimp.
posted by XFXF on Dec 10, 2011
People, please remember this is a show America vote for the next most talented star and not Nicole or other judges. Nicole's decision is not the point. The point is America did not vote for Rachel and voted more for Murcus. I think people are forgetting a very important point here and blaming judges instead.
posted by jeannie on Dec 10, 2011
No more xfactor for me, sick of the judges! Good luck Chris hope you win but with the judges at hand, i am not sure what will happen, the judges are just terrible.
posted by Uk on Dec 10, 2011
Rachel just screamed her 'save me song' awful! The USA obviously saw that hence why she got the least votes. If she was as good as some think she is or Atleast as good as she thought she was she would have not been in the bottom two.
posted by Foster on Dec 10, 2011
Nicole knew Rachel's save performance was better but failed to do her job. No more X Factor for me.
posted by INFINITY on Dec 10, 2011
I LOVE X FACTOR EPISODES. HOWEVER SOME JUDGES DO NOT HAVE A CODE OF ETHIC AND HONOR. SHAME SHAME SHAME.
posted by ANGELICA on Dec 10, 2011
THE DECISION TO SAVE Rachel was not based on her best performance. Why some judges are biased? Is this behavior will continue for the other contestants?
posted by Karlacan on Dec 10, 2011
Nicole needs to act like a judge. Make a decision and stand by it. Judge on the "save me song" not the previous acts! Marcus did not out sing Rachel and she knows that. Judge on talent and not on favorites! Nicole should not be a judge!!
posted by Fendi on Dec 10, 2011
Guys this is ridiculous, even Simon did a deadlock the first time round and its okay? Why is it not okay for Nicole. Doesn't make sense. Wake up and stop finding blame when you guys don't vote enough. Judges has 2 options. To vote and to use deadlock. That was an option, it was professional.
posted by Mona on Dec 09, 2011
"the reality series' creator even defended her decision to vote for Marcus Canty and force a deadlock." this statement is wrong, Nicole voted for Rachel, with 2 votes for each contestant causing deadlock meaning america's vote would dictate who would be eliminated. How can you write a story without the correct information.
posted by mona on Dec 09, 2011
"the reality series'creator even defended her decision to vote for Marcus Canty and force a deadlock." this statement is wrong, Nicole voted for Rachel, with 2 votes for each contestant causing deadlock meaning america's vote would dictate who would be eliminated. How can you write a story without the correct information.
posted by Muggs on Dec 09, 2011
How many of us can go to work and just say "I can't make a decision, don't make me". And relinquish all responsibility, would be fired on the spot.
posted by Tnvols on Dec 09, 2011
Rachel and Marcus were singing for their lives. Rachel was definitely the best. She is awesome. Nicole definitely let Racel down because she couldn't do her job and make a decision. Simon may stand behind Nicole but he is only hurting himself by doing so. I will not watch the show again and I know others who will not watch it either.
posted by D-boa on Dec 09, 2011
Nicole took the coward way out, it's called a save me song, her decision should have been based on the performances, and Rachel clearly outperformed Marcus. She should not be a judge if she is afraid to send some one home its part of judgeing.
posted by sarantx on Dec 09, 2011
Rachel has more class than all the judges. The bickering and insults are unprofessional. Good Luck, Rachel! We'll be watching for your successes, girl! You are such a star!

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