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Acknowledging a few mistakes made on the first season of The X Factor - too much judge bickering, overly involved production numbers - Simon Cowell told People Magazine this week he'll evaluate all aspect of the show for season two and that 2012 will be a "bloodbath."

We assume the producer was talking about the on-air competition, but might he also have been referring to backstage changes on the way?

With rumors that Steve Jones won't be asked back as host, Nicole Scherzinger recently laid the groundwork for her departure, as well.

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She may not be the most beloved judge - especially after last week's Rachel Crow ousting - but  Nicole Scherzinger is no slouch behind the microphone... on stage, that is.

Last night, prior to Marcus Canty's getting eliminated, the former Pussycat Doll debuted her new single, "Pretty," which is off the album "Killer Love." Look for it in early 2012 and listen to Nicole's solo effort now:

What do you think? Could Scherzinger hang with finalists Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik? They will compete next week for the title of First Ever X Factor Champion and we wanna know:

WHO WILL WIN?

 

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For the record, Nicole Scherzinger did not send Rachel Crow home on Thursday night.

This X Factor judge instead chose to let America decide between the 13-year old and Marcus Canty, yet Scherzinger is the panelist facing the harshest fan rebuke after Crow's name was called for elimination.

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"My heart comes from the right place, so I get really sensitive when people are negative," the former Pussycat Doll told reporters after the show. "Don't [critics] know I only want the best for every single person?"

Nicole added that she thought Canty would be selected by voters, though they never got a chance to hear Crow's incredible survival song.

"When I saw that look on her face, [I felt] that I had let her down, like I dropped her," Scherzinger, who shed tears for 30 minutes after the episode, said. "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."

Crow, however, has come out and said the public should not blame Nicole, while the young crooner's fortunes are already looking up: sources say Disney has requested a meeting with Rachel.

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Drew Ryniewicz was eliminated from The X Factor on Thursday night, a result that left Simon Cowell clearly angry at his fellow panelists for voting off one of his charges.

But Simon's wrath is nothing compared to the words left for Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger by fans of Ryniewicz on Facebook.

Among the passionate, frightening, misguided messages posted by Drew supporters over the last few days:

  • "F**K you paula you dumb c**t you voted off the most talented person on your f**king show. i hope you die you DUMB B***H."
  • "I hope you die, you selfish----------"
  • "@NicoleScherzy @paulaabdul go die"

These folks would be well-served to heed the words of Drew herself in this interview: she made it all the way to the final seven. That's pretty darn impressive, and she has many bright years ahead of her. Chill, people.

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X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger shows off her assets, posing nude for Diddy's new coffee table book celebrating the female backside.

In Culo by Mazzucco - "culo" is Italian for buttocks - Scherzinger, along with Lady Gaga, Fergie and others, left very little to the imagination in the name of art.

Scherzinger, 33, pays homage to her hometown of Honolulu in the portrait, with a lei wrapped around her neck and her skin decorated with henna tattoos.

See her naked in the collaboration between Diddy, Jimmy Iovine and celebrity fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco (available in stores now) right here:

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Forget The X Factor. Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones are reportedly engaged in The Sex Factor!

A source close to this Fox competition tells Heat that the judge and the host were actually told to get close earlier this summer, before Cheryl Cole was fired from the program and Scherzinger moved from co-host to panelist.

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"X Factor executives encouraged Nicole and Steve to build their chemistry, and get to know each other better over drinks," the insider claims. "But since then, things have moved on.”

So why haven't Scherzinger - who split from Lewis Hamilton a few weeks ago, following an up-and-down four years - and Jones gone public? A certain British producer, the mole says: “They can’t go public until they get the okay from Simon."

And we all know how difficult it can be to receive words of encouragement from Simon Cowell.

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Nicole Scherzinger can now devote all of her attention to The X Factor.

Following a back-and-forth four-year relationship with racecar driver Lewis Hamilton, sources tell Us Weekly this couple has finally called it quits.

Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton

"They were just never together and saw no end to that," an insider said. "Their careers have them working in separate places. Being apart that much never works, so they decided to end it."

Scherzinger and Hamilton met backstage at the MTV Europe Awards in Munich, Germany in November 2007. They split in January 2010, but reconciled soon after.

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Former Pussycat Doll and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger is always sexy, but the singer takes it to new heights as she strips down in her new video.

Hiding from the cops, evading capture, throwing punches and being monitored by a security camera (obviously), Nicole shows us how she can move.

Scherzinger gets wet, of course, on more than one occasion. In a song called "Wet," staying dry would just seem wrong. Even in that tank top. Wow.

Anyway, watch the music video below and towel off:

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Long before it airs a single episode, there's already been a shake-up on The X-Factor.

Cheryl Cole, the most popular panelist on the British version of Simon Cowell's singing competition, has been replaced as judge by Nicole Scherzinger, who had been slated to host the show with Steve Jones.

Sources say there was a "lack of chemistry" between Cole and Abdul and that producers actually believed the former's English accent would be too heavy for viewers to understand. No word yet on whether or not Jones will now host the show alone.

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Loosen up your buttons, viewers, Nicole Scherzinger will be a judge on The X-Factor.

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Nicole Scherzinger will be seen often on Fox this fall, co-hosting The X-Factor with Steve Jones.

But the beautiful singer took to the stage in a different capacity last night, shaking and grooving for American Idol audiences during a rendition of "Right There." She was eventually joined by 50 Cent.

Did you see who was eliminated from Idol last night? Find out NOW and let your opinion be heard on the remaining finalists!