Nicole Scherzinger has defended her comments about Sam Bailey on last night’s X Factor show.
The 36 year old contestant had the audience on their feet as she performed the Whitney Houston classic ‘How Will I Know’ but afterwards Nicole admitted that it all felt very ‘cruise ship’ to her.
The Pussycat Doll complained:
“You did it justice, but I feel the production felt a little like a cruise ship version. I loved the choreography but it felt that way.”
Explaining her comments afterwards on The Xtra Factor Scherzinger insisted that she still loves Sam as a contestant, but she wasn’t feeling that performance. She said:
“I love that she took a risk, it’s really hard to sing and dance at the same time and she did that.”
“I think for me it was the production of everything. It was the sound and the music accompaniment. I loved the song, I just wanted a little something different.”
Sam took real offence when she heard Nicole’s critique, because she felt it was reference to her previous experience. The mum of two has worked on a cruise ship before but she insisted she didn’t pick up any bad habits during that time and hit back:
“I worked on a cruise ship for 9 months in 1999. That was a long time ago and I don’t pick up that many cruise ships antics from that. I had fun out there and that’s what it is all about.”
Sharon Osbourne also defended her last remaining singer in the competition.
She thinks the former prison officer is a popular choice with the public because of her personality, her attitude and her story as much as for her talent and she said:
“Sam is a very, very grounded woman. She is a great mother and wife and she is living out her dream right now. She is probably in the best place of her life right now, because she is a woman that has waited and waited for this opportunity and it has finally happened for her. She is in full bloom.”
She tweeted after her performance last night saying:
“Well done @SamBaileyREAL. You went out of your comfort zone tonight on @TheXFactor and you nailed it! #XFactor”
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