X Factor: Paula Told Nicole to Send Home Rachel Crow

THE  X FACTOR: Rachel Crow is eliminated on THE X FACTOR airing Thursday, Dec. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. L-R: Simon Cowell, Rachel Crow and Steve Jones.CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

Ha ha ha…how much do you want to bet X Factor producers are behind this latest TMZ “item”:

“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 …

Nicole already said she didn’t want to vote. Paula was just telling her the easiest way to go about it. I don’t think Nicole would have voted in any case. So, how is this Paula’s fault exactly?

  • Anonymous

    If Nicole had some guts she should/would have just voted her conscience.  Because she has none, we will pass the buck onto Paula, who made her decision!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1782452271 Eric Ascher

    I think it was 100% Simon’s fault that A)this article exists and B)that Rachel went home. While I do like X Factor better than Idol, even I can admit the show runs on controversy. Rachel and Drew both going home before Marcus? Controversial.

  • Anonymous

    It is no one’s fault. It is just another move in the game of manipulation played so blantantly by Simon Cowell and the other PTB. Let’s keep the attention focused on the judges and keep the hype amped up to maximum volume.

  • Hazehel

    Nicole already said she didn’t want to vote. Paula was just telling her the easiest way to go about it. I don’t think Nicole would have voted in any case. 

    She did vote.  She voted to send Rachel home.  If she didn’t vote Rachel would have stayed.  

    Last year in X-Factor UK Cheryl Cole refused to vote because both her girls were in the bottom, and Treyc was voted off by the other judges.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AP5IYKIADXUZ2JOQ2VOF76WOVE Sophia

    Bottom line…its AMERICAs freakin fault…they DID NOT vote for that child to stay in the competition…#nuffsaid!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s nobody’s “fault”. Rachel simply didn’t get enough votes. Somebody had to go…isn’t that the whole point of the show? 

  • Mateja Praznik
  • Anonymous

    Oh lord, I really don’t like this show at all.  I’ve tried giving it a chance on many occasions but can never quite make it through an entire show.  Too much manufactured drama all. the. time.

    On the other hand, I can hardly wait for Idol & The Voice.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but it is done. It is over. Let it go. Rachel has said she is disappointed, but relieved to be out of the pressure cooker. She most likely will get a deal with Disney or Nick. She is making high profile appearances. She is fine. She will have a career, she might even outshine the eventual winner.

    This is a TV show in which the contestants are used as pawns by Simon and his group in a game. Sooner or later Rachel was going to get used. It came sooner rather than later. The best thing you can do if you are truly upset, is to ignore Simon and retaliate by hitting him where his heart is – in the wallet.

    The only drawback would be if Simon retains some portion of control monetarily in Rachel’s career. That might hurt Rachel as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4PGLRRYPIRI6TG4OO7UWPG43M Cathy Kosak

    YAWN……..Boring…..!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    That’s the jist of it.  Nicole’s delicate hold on a solo singing career is gone with this episode.

    Is it wrong that when I first heard about this, my initial thought was I understand why Lewis Hamilton dumped her.  She’s such a flake!  Because that’s exactly what went through my mind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    The more I read about this show, the more I hate it…Too much drama, not enough talent, bring on Idol and the Voice….this show is toast

  • Anonymous

    This show bores me.

  • Anonymous

    Only ten to eleven million people watch the show, so I doubt that this incident will play a role in Nicole’s floundering career.  She’s not taken seriously, which is why radio stations don’t play her music, and that will have more of an impact on her musical career than this incident.

  • Haleysshindig

    I still don’t get all the outrage over this. The kid thought she had it in the bag and she didn’t so she boo-hooed over the result. Its a elimination show so I don’t see where Nicole did anything but play by the rules the show set up, one of which was a deadlock, and a contestant got eliminated. Just happened to be the little cabbage patch kid instead of mr.Bottom 3. 

  • Jewlmc

    Actually MJ, I noticed Paula prompting her long before this TMZ item.

  • Jewlmc

    Yeah, it says Cheryl fans need to get over it already.

    She would have sucked too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting.  I didn’t realize that there was a precedent where a judge could abstain from voting.  If Nicole had done that, then Marcus would have gone home.  Totally different outcome and, as it turns out, contrary to the public’s vote that week. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure that it would be good for Josh to win, because I can see Simon totally not supporting him.  If Josh lasts until the finale, but doesn’t win, he could be signed by an indie label and might be better off.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    So if I am reading Hits Daily Double right, Nicole has an album dropping tomorrow. Something that won’t be on my Christmas list, that’s for sure.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Nicole already said she didn’t want to vote. Paula was just telling her
    the easiest way to go about it. I don’t think Nicole would have voted in
    any case. So, how is this Paula’s fault exactly?”

    It’s not her fault and this story is lame and boring even if it is true. 

  • Anonymous

    Simon should have made them watch X Factor UK where they have always voted except for once. WTF are they being paid for???? 

  • Anonymous

    This is crazy.   Paula was merely trying to help out her very distressed co-worker.   She saw how tormented Nicole was in making this decision.   The decision was Nicole’s, not Paula’s.   I feel strongly that judges shouldn’t be judges if they can’t handle the responsibilities.

  • ronaldmascot

    I noticed Paula said something to her too and since Paula had said last week she did not realize she could have sent it to deadlock, I thought she might have reminded Nicole of that.  But really, the audience voted for Marcus to stay over Rachel, no one should be angry.

  • Anonymous

    yeah… i don’t really blame nicole, or anybody really for rachel getting sent home. she is a sweetheart and has quite a voice on her and one of my more fave contestants, but let’s be real… she was never going to make it passed the semi finals, at least as long as the power houses of melanie, josh, and teflon chris are still in the game. she did really well on the show, and #5 is nothing to be ashamed about. if it’s anybody’s fault, it was maybe the american public’s since it was sent to deadlock and she did happen to be the lowest vote getter. nicole had no knowledge of which of the two was the lowest, so she had a 50/50 chance. if i didn’t want to send either one home, i would have done the same. if she abstained from voting, it would have gone to majority and marcus would have been sent home, so doing that would have been the same as sending marcus home and nicole wasn’t ready to make that decision, hence sending it to deadlock. if rachel was the lowest vote getter this week, she would have been sent home anyway, and the blogs would be crying a different story. let’s look at the bigger picture people.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Yeah. It’s one thing if a mentor has two acts in the bottom and has to vote against one. Kelly abstained from voting when both Misha and Janet ended in the bottom and the other three sent Janet home.
     
    It’s no wonder Paula and Nicole are not taken as seriously as Simon and LA Reid. X Factor judges are expected to be opinionated.

  • JaysOn

    Kelly Rowland did the same this year.  The difference is that there the mentor.judge had both their contestants in the b2…but they should change the rule and FORCE judges to vote..>Thats what they’re there for.  Audience doesnt want to see this fake bumbling and not voting.  Either have the judges vote or just let the viewers vote every week like Idol does.  I doubt US XF will release vote totals like the UK does…but you can clearly see that the judges save contestants who would have been voted out earlier due to viewer votes alone

  • JaysOn

    Thats a great point t hat no one has mentioned.  It happened on the UK show this year when Kelly Rowland refused to vote when 2 of her contestants were in the b2.  So then there were only 3 votes (of the other judges) as she abstained.

  • Anonymous

    You may be right.  Nicole has struggled for years to get her solo act off the ground.  This doesn’t help, but she was destined to fail anyway, it appears.

  • Anonymous

    “Nicole has struggled for years to get her solo act off the ground”

    Yet I notice that at least two of Nicole’s music videos on youtube have over 25 million views? 

  • Anonymous

    That doesn’t mean anything.  Antoine Dodson’s official “Hide your kids, hide your wife” video has 95 million views.  Are any of us buying his music?  His career is NOT popping off, as they say.

  • tomr

    Just have a “Child Idol” already where there are no winners.  That would solve the problem.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I noticed Paula said something to her too and since Paula had said last week she did not realize she could have sent it to deadlock, I thought she might have reminded Nicole of that. But really, the audience voted for Marcus to stay over Rachel, no one should be angry.

    Now here is where it is interesting.  Why did the judges vote off Drew?  Why didn’t they send her into deadlock?  If Simon didn’t want Drew to go further, it could be that Drew had more votes than Marcus.  Therefore, the weaker contestant was saved.

    I believe it is possible this could have been a Rachel/Drew showdown.

    A judge is being paid to judge.  So do your job, ladies.

  • Anonymous

    Way to throw Paula under the bus.

    Last I saw, Nicole is an adult. She is responsible for her own actions. Even if Paula had told her to vote Rachel off, why would Nicole feel that she had to do what Paula told her?

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    they tried that with a little show called american juniors

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    somehow i see the voice and idol outlasting this show,it’s funny that in almost every other country xf has replaced idol,very few countries have both shows

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    simon would not know what to do with him

  • Anonymous

    Agree! If Josh wins, he will get the $5 millions but no recording contract. Simon’s all about a complete package (yeah SuBo’s a fluke ;D). If he wins what kind of record he wants to make, don’t see there’s any market for him. One think I know, he won’t look good on Pepsi Ads. But then what do I know I don’t even drink Pepsi LOL

  • Anonymous

    You know I don’t understand any of it.  A week before everyone was screaming they should of “dead-locked” Drew up there, her chance would of been better.  Question here is how do you know that?  Everyone has been screaming the public should get the vote and the first time it is handed down in that manner it’s Nicole’s fault, now Paula’s fault, it’s a bunch of bull crap!  When it went to dead-lock it went to the public vote, what everyone from the week before was screaming for!  Now America doesn’t like the outcome of it and all have the need to point fingers. 

    Why not put some blame on Simon as well is my question?  I mean that was her mentor and it was obvious he wasn’t spending as much time with her as he should of, giving her horrible songs to sing and working closer to the girls he believes in more, it is quite obvious in my opinion!  Remember back on the 9th. season of American Idol Simon did some talk shows and interviews and he said in one of them the show became more of the judges and what they were up to and doing than the actual contestants!  I remember it clearly, it was either on Ellen of Opry, but he did state that fact!  Now a year and better he is repeating the same mistakes he did on Idol, shame shame.

    No I do not like X-Factor better than American Idol, to me Idol seems more legit in every was and aspect.  The lights going wild and those dancers, omg cut the dramatics dude, it really does take away from the singers performance!  When you have to fight to see the singer and hear them something is wrong and way off and that is exactly what this show has done.  Simon just knew America would back Rachel and she’d still be around for this week, shame on you Simon.  Being from across the Ocean you should know it’s hard to break the American market, assume nothing and put the work in to nurture an up and coming!  Rachel is good and I liked her alot, cute, having fun and full of spunk!  She reminds me of Michael Jackson back when I was a kid and so was he.  Simon is the one to blame if everyone finds the need to point the finger at someone.  He did not work with this little girl enough to develop her.  This will be the only Season of X-Factor I watch, it’ has too much garbage going on to take the time to wade through for me to devote more than the first Season.  Idol however I do love and will continue to watch, it just seems more real.  Idol will invest in certain props for the singers upon request if in reason, just enough to give the delivery that little extra ump power and meaning.  They do not over-do it but give it just enough for that power, that pop!

    I follow a lot of feeds online and in some of them I’ve seen X-Factor’s rating are already going down in the past two weeks.  Each and every week Simon finds it neccessary to put down either Nicole or Paula like the smart ass he is and to me it shows me he has an issue with successful women that he finds it necessary to go that far to make himself look cooler, better or whatever and make himself feel better at the end of the day.  He has already amassed one fortune and lost it and whose to say he won’t lose the second fortune he has managed to amass?  He really needs to quit trying to shove certain music down our throats here in America and realize we are looking in other areas of music to lift us due to our current situations.  When and if he manages this perhaps the winners will become more of a blockbuster than what has been happening in the Industry.  Chris Rene will sell, believe that, Simon admitted last year he has used auto-tune so there is nothing to stop him from using it again to make another quick buck!  Which in the end is all he really cares about.

    Give Nicole a break is my opinion.  She sat there and explained how hard it was for her because she has been in the same situation as the contestants now.  What you all need to look at concerning Nicole is that woman is more current with the market and what it’s going through right now.  She is the youngest and does the club scene.  I always wonder and question why is it only me who can see this???

    Remember back in Season 9 of Idol when they had guest judges for the auditions?  Katy Perry was one of them for one week but she was suppose to do two weeks worth.  Later, months later I read an article where she stated she had a very hard time doing the judging because of breaking people’s hearts.  Nobody hated on her for that little ole’ week, if anything it was a boost to her career.  Why is that?  Same difference to me other than Nicole has been a contestant on a show similar so it really would be harder on her, so if anything we should show this woman a little compassion.

    Also think about when you screamed the public vote should count and not the judges opinion.  But soon as it was handed to the public you scream an outcry of unfairness.  Are we (Americans) that fickle when we don’t get our own way?

    JMO

  • Anonymous

    Plus if Rachel is signed by Disney now.. she’s better off and I think she still can have her own bathroom now :)

  • Anonymous

    IMO, Nicole should have just voted Marcus off as she has admitted that she thought he would go……   That’s why you get ‘paid’ the big bucks to be a judge on this show is to make popular or unpopular decisions…..  Even Simon has said in interviews that this is WHY they have the sing offs & Judges voting is due to when they feel Amercia got it wrong………   As much as I love Simon, I have to say, regretfully so that “The Voice’ is a better show with much better talent & their stage preformances are much better as well…….  Sad but true…..

  • Anonymous

    IMO, Nicole should have just voted Marcus off as she has admitted that she thought he would go……   That’s why you get ‘paid’ the big bucks to be a judge on this show is to make popular or unpopular decisions…..  Even Simon has said in interviews that this is WHY they have the sing offs & Judges voting is due to when they feel Amercia got it wrong especially with these high stakes that are involved………   As much as I love Simon, I have to say, regretfully so that “The Voice’ is a better show with much better talent & their stage preformances are much better as well…….  Sad but true…..  JMO

  • Tera2

    I think Simon knew it was Rachel’s and Drew’s time to go.  The judges and the producers know who is going to go.  Nicole was just acting like she didn’t know who to vote off.   I don’t think Paula was really instructing her that night.  Paula know how to do the fake act of crying since idol and rushed to pretend to console Nicole to make it seem genuine.  I don’t buy the whole act.  Marcus and Rachel’s reactions were genuine though. 

    Also it seems they want to be using this ‘save me’ and eliminations controversies to get attention for the show and boost ratings.  I’ve seen Simon and the judges going on entertainment shows doing interview talking about fans death threats after Drew vote off, and Rachel’s break down.  They’re finally getting people’s attention with that and they like that.

  • Anonymous

    Paula did not tell Nicole to vote Rachel off the show.  She told her to send it to deadlock since Nicole seemed to be confused about what she could or could not do. Nicole made it clear she could not be the one to choose which of them went home. Deadlock is the only solution in that case. Not that I respect that decisoin. I didn’t respect it when Simon did it with Marcus and LeRoy, either. If Simon had been honest that night, he would have sent LeRoy home based on the fact that Marcus, at that point, had a better shot at winning and has a better shot at a recording career.  If Nicole had been honest the other night, she would have sent Marcus home based on the fact that Rachel has a better chance of a successful career than he, and the fact that he has been in the bottom 2 for 3 weeks in a row… a sign that America is just not that into him. 

  • Chris

    This is fluff, too little to late.  Nicole is a grown woman, she doesn’t have to take direction from Paula.

    In the post show interviews, Nicole said she thought Marcus was going home.  She thought Rachel would be safe, but she didn’t want to be the one to send Marcus out.  That is the problem in this whole debacle.  As a judge, she is making a truck load of money, so earn the cash and make the hard call.

  • Reflections On Life

    “Simon should have made them watch X Factor UK where they have always voted except for once. WTF are they being paid for????”

    Just FYI – this season’s XF UK they’ve been really good about not going to deadlock. But the previous 2 seasons (which I watched on this blog) both Simon and Cheryl Cole sent it to deadlock a number of times because they “didn’t want to vote” or wanted to “let the people decide”.

  • http://twitter.com/galaga6846 Leah Hoffman

    I don’t like The Voice. I didn’t like any of the singers on that show, nor can I remember any of them. I didn’t know Javier won until I looked it up out of curiosity last week. X Factor is also lacking that certain something. It’s too over-produced, too many out-of-place dancers and flashing strobe lights.  Idol set the bar. Idol is the original. In my opinion, nothing can touch it.

  • GwendolynD

    They will not drag this drama out for a whole week.

  • Anonymous

    Nichol is HIGHLY PAID to make her own decision. She did not do the job she was hired to do. But think what you want.

  • Susan

    In the post show interviews, Nicole said she thought Marcus was going home.  She thought Rachel would be safe, but she didn’t want to be the one to send Marcus out. 

    What does she want, to vote first every week so she’s not “the deciding vote”?  She should’ve just voted to send home the one she felt should leave instead of taking the chance.

    But really though, the fault is Simon’s like someone said, for those awful songs he picked for Rachel every week.  I actually liked her voice.

  • Anonymous

    If Paula had voted to have a deadlock last week, there’s a good chance that Marcus would have gone home last week. I’ve always felt that the purpose of the judge’s vote is to prevent shock eliminations (like Daughtry on idol); the X factor judges have proven that they are completely incapable of doing this. Rachel and Drew were popular contestants who had never been in the bottom two. On the other hand, Marcus, a less popular contestant, managed to escape elimination after being in danger 3x in a row.

    You might argue that Rachel had the fewest votes and deserved to go home. However, fans tend to vote more enthusiastically when they think their favorites are in danger and are more complacent when they think that their favorites are popular. We see this all the time in Idol, which is why  popular contestants get eliminated before their time. Shows like X factor are even worse because the audience (wrongfully) assumes that favorites like Drew and Rachel will get saved by the judges if they end up in the bottom two. Since this is clearly not the case, then the elimination of the contestant should be left entirely to the audience to keep things consistent.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always felt that the purpose of the judge’s vote is to prevent shock eliminations (like Daughtry on idol); the X factor judges have proven that they are completely incapable of doing this.

    While I agree with your overall point, X-Factor isn’t exactly like Idol. It thrives on the drama that comes from these types of situations, and I’m betting that Simon couldn’t be more thrilled that people are talking about last week’s show still. I’m not sure Simon would have the best singer saved simply for the buzz that may give the show (as long as it wasn’t his absolute favorite, of course). 

    I completely agree though that Nicole should have had to vote. If they force the contestants to sing again for their right to be on the show, the judges should have to make a judgement on based on that performance. I’m not upset Rachel went home, I’m just annoyed at the premise of the sing off not holding up. It’s the same way I got annoyed last season on Idol when the judges said things like “nothing to judge here.” Yes there is, please do your job. Deadlock should only be used with the two performances are too close to call or a judge has to decide between two of their own contestants. Otherwise, they should do their job.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Nicole needs to be replaced.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Nicole needs to be replaced.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    I echo and ‘ditto’ every single word you wrote.  The only reason I watch is b/c there’s nothing else on at 8 PM that I’d rather watch on Wednesday.  It is overloaded with manipulative drama.

    Bring on Idol and The Voice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/EddieBenavides210 Eddie Benavides

    people shouldnt feel bad cuz a child went home ppl shouldnt get votes just cuz the are kids