Nicole Scherzinger: I Gave ‘X Factor’ 110 Percent

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If season 1 of “The X Factor” was “basically an audition act,” as Fox’s president of alternative entertainment, Mike Darnell, has said, former “X Factor” mentor/judge Nicole Scherzinger gave that “audition” her all.

The singer speaks on her recent, sudden departure from the series in an interview with “Access Hollywood,” although she doesn’t articulate exactly what happened with her exit.

“What happened? Well, all I know is that I gave 110 percent to that show,” Scherzinger says. “I know everybody’s talking about it, they’re saying good, bad, they love me, they hate me, but one thing you can’t say is that I didn’t give it my all.”

With “X Factor” behind her, Scherzinger is now preparing for a fast-approaching European tour and putting “the finishing touches” on the U.S. release of her album “Killer Love.” In the end, she says, there aren’t any hard feelings.

“I had a wonderful experience on the show,” she says. “I loved being a part of my ‘X Factor’ family. Nothing could prepare me for everything I had to go through, all the emotions and stuff, but I have no regrets. I’ve always believed in never looking back and just moving forward, and I’ve got an amazing year to look forward to.”

“X Factor” judge Simon Cowell isn’t looking back, either, as he considers potential replacements for Scherzinger and former judge Paula Abdul.

The tough Brit, who brought “The X Factor” across the pond from the U.K. last fall, tells “Extra” in an interview that he doesn’t feel any pressure to bring in major star power.

“Firstly, they are incredibly expensive,” Cowell says. And “secondly, they have to make a time commitment, and on my show they have to work five days a week.”

That sort of schedule is one of the reasons someone like Mariah Carey, who has been rumored to be considered for “X Factor,” wouldn’t be the best bet.

“I would love her,” Cowell said of the idea of Carey joining “X Factor’s” judges’ table. “But you can’t expect someone who just had two kids to make the kind of commitment you need.”

On the rumors that he offered another new mom, Beyonce, $100 million for a year-long contract, Cowell says he has “no clue where that came from.”

“The budget for the show is $100 million,” he says, but even if he did have that kind of money, “I wouldn’t spend $100 million on one person.”

More important than star status, Cowell says, is personality. “They have to be interesting,” he says of whomever steps up to the “X Factor” plate next. (Someone like Katy Perry would be “fun,” he says, but “she’s feisty.”)

“I’m not playing this game where we have to compete on the level of A-lister stars…. you can lose focus on what the show is all about, and at the end of the day, the most important thing is the contestants.”

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

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