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'X Factor' Nicole Scherzinger: 'I know some fans didn't want me'

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X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has said that she was aware some fans of the show did not want her on the panel this series.

The ex-Pussycat Doll accepted that she "didn't have the warmest reception" when she first joined the ITV show, but is happy to be "embracing the love" after winning over both the public and boss Simon Cowell.

The X Factor Week 7: Nicole

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"I am having a jolly old time on the show," she told Heat. "I didn't have the warmest reception coming over here, to be honest, so I'm embracing the love now. The 'Scherzlove' has really surprised me."

She continued: "[Simon] calls and texts me all the time. He's texted me, saying, 'You're killing it', and, 'I'm hearing great things about you'. I reply saying, 'That's how I do, sucker!'"

The X Factor: The Judges

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Scherzinger also argued that her less well-received performance on the X Factor USA panel last year was down to there being more "pressure" than in the UK version.

"It was a new show in America and there was a lot of pressure put on all of us involved," she revealed. "But here it's laid-back, it's a much more fun environment.

"It's a well-oiled machine here, the judges are more relaxed and the talent is more grass-roots. I love it here and I want to win [the series]."

It has been reported that Scherzinger will be invited back for next year's series of The X Factor UK.

Watch Rylan Clark, the latest to leave The X Factor, speak about Gary Barlow below:

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