X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger reveals rejected acts are offered counselling

The former Pussycat Doll admits Bootcamp was “brutal” as she warns youngsters away from the pop industry

X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that acts who are dropped from the show at Judges’ Houses stage are offered counselling when they get home.


Scherzinger, who took the girls’ category to Antigua this year, says, “When the contestants don’t get picked, they fly home that afternoon. They do get counselling when they come home as a lot of them are young.”

The reigning judge on X Factor – with both last year’s winner James Arthur and runner-up Jahmene Douglas both from her category – Scherzinger discussed the harsh nature of this year’s Bootcamp ‘chairs’ twist.

Of the judges being able to swap acts out live on stage Scherzinger said, “It was brutal. It broke my heart. I lose sleep over this show all the time.”

And while the final twelve, and indeed the thousands who auditioned for the show, are clamouring for a taste of the singer’s glamorous life, the former Pussycat Doll star admits she tries to encourage younger singers to “run away” from the industry.

“It is grueling and it is not the glamorous pop star life,” Scherzinger warns.

See the full interview tonight on Alan Carr: Chatty Man at 9:50pm on Channel 4