“Furious” Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms Nicole Scherzinger quit Cats for The X Factor

Scherzinger is "crazy" says Lloyd Webber, who reveals she has pulled out of the Broadway show in favour of returning as a judge for Simon Cowell

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A “furious” Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that Nicole Scherzinger has indeed pulled out of Cats on Broadway to rejoin The X Factor judging panel. 

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“A week before we were going to go into rehearsal with Cats on Broadway, which luckily I’m not producing, she calls me and says she’s decided she wants to do X Factor, having agreed everything,” Lloyd Webber told The Economist Radio

Describing Scherzinger as “crazy”, Webber went on to stick the boot in, saying the former Pussycat Dolls singer wasn’t well known in the US anyway. 

“I mean, she’s crazy. But the American producers just took a view – ‘Well, fine, we’ll get somebody else’ – because she’s actually not very well known in America amazingly. She’s much better known here.

“I’m furious because I really believe she’s the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all,” he continued (with, might I add excellent use of the word ‘twot’), Scherzinger having made her West End debut as Grizabella in the 2014 revival. 

With a final blow Lloyd Webber added: “But never mind, there’ll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award.” 

The X Factor line-up has yet to be officially confirmed, but alongside this news it’s highly expected Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will return with Simon Cowell. 

A spokesperson for X Factor told us “discussions are still ongoing regarding the panel, details will confirmed shortly”.

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The X Factor returns later this year on ITV