THE RUMOUR: Nicole Scherzinger is already in line for a return to the X Factor judging enclosure next year. The dark lord of the show, Simon Cowell, has been impressed with the former Pussycat Doll’s eccentric remarks – and for her part, “Scherzy” wants to move to the UK to concentrate on the show, and to be here as and when Lewis Hamilton pops back from Monaco.
QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE” WHO PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST: “It is fair to say that Simon and the production team have been thrilled with Nicole’s performance. She has been absolutely great. Simon is a huge fan of hers, and the production team think she has been a revelation. There won’t be any decision on the make-up of the 2013 panel until next year, but she has certainly made a good impression. Simon is really up for her coming back.” (The Sun)
RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 4/5. Let’s face it, Scherzinger has been a terrific signing for Syco FC this season. Apart from the odd distracted week (last Saturday, for instance), she’s spunky, unpredictable, and seems genuinely enthused by the acts she mentors – not once did she look embarrassed by comedy contestant Rylan Clark. Her made-up lingo has been a highlight of the series (“gorge-ois”, “jahmazing”, “ya badda” etc) and she looks amazing too, which doesn’t hurt. Bring the Scherze back!