Amid all the hoohar about whether Sharon Osbourne is or is not returning to The X Factor’s judging panel this year, and the simultaneous reports that Tulisa may or may not have been fired, Nicole Scherzinger has said little…
However, it’s been widely assumed that she will return, given that Simon Cowell made her his teacher’s pet last year by sending her over to the UK show from the USA, and giving her the honorary title of head judge, taking it from his nemesis, Gary Barlow.
But according to the Daily Mirror today, Nicole has demanded that her salary for her participation on the show be doubled, and if it’s not, she may not be back!
She was reportedly paid £750,000 last year, so if her demands are met, she could be in for a very nice thanks you pay deal worth £1.5 million. And of course, her case for more cash can only be strengthened by the fact that her protégé James Arthur won the show last year.
A show insider said, “Cowell has made Nicole an offer but she knows the money she wants and it’s double what she got last year.
“She knows that she was the star of the show last year and therefore thinks she should be paid appropriately.
“Last year it was all so rushed, she was a last minute replacement for Kelly Rowland, so she couldn’t negotiate properly.
“This time around, she is understandably playing hardball. She knows that she is the judge that people are still talking about.
“Nicole sees the role as a job, not just a chance to be on TV…
“She hopes for an agreement but she won’t go back unless terms are right.”
Yikes! Would you be glad or sad if Nicole didn’t return this year?
For now, here’s a reminder of her on the show…