Nicole Scherzinger's X Factor USA Crying Fit
She has crisis after her deadlock leads to 13-year-old's meltdown...
Nicole Scherzinger is claimed to have had a half-hour crying session after her deliberate sending of the vote to deadlock led to a 13-year-old hopeful breaking down on stage when she was eliminated.
Viewers saw Rachel Crow collapse in tears on stage when she learned she was going home, having to be comforted by Simon Cowell and her mother.
And US gossip site TMZ reports that Nicole fled to her dressing room as soon as the show finished and sobbed uncontrollably for a full 30 minutes.
Rachel had been winning the judges' vote 2-1, but Nicole refused to make the deciding vote and deliberately voted for rival Marcus Canty, which meant Rachel went because she had received the fewest votes.
On hearing the news Rachel crumpled to the floor and her face contorted into tears, prompting show boss Simon Cowell to dash over and give her a consoling hug.
TMZ also reports that the 13-year-old reject proved she was the bigger woman by going to Nicole's dressing room and assuring her that she was not angry with her, before they both cried together a bit more.
We hope Simon's stocked up on Kleenex!