“The X Factor” U.K. judge Nicole Scherzinger, 34, says that she’ll quit the show unless she gets a salary raise. Many stars of TV shows often hint they they’ll leave their show, but few of these stars are publicly blatant about their real motives behind dropping hints that they’ll quit: They they want more money from the show. They usually say they might leave the show because their schedules are too busy or that they want to “pursue other opportunities.” It’s all just a commonly used negotiating tactic.
However, Scherzinger has no qualms about admitting that she’ll quit “The X Factor” unless she gets paid more money.
Scherzinger was a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. for just one season in 2011 before she was fired after getting numerous complaints form viewers and critics about being too indecisive and too prone to having emotional meltdowns.
In June 2012, Scherzinger was given another chance at being an “X Factor” judge when she replaced Kelly Rowland on “The X Factor” U.K. (Rowland’s contract was not renewed when she and the show could not come to an agreement over her salary and time commitment. Rowland was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. for just one season in 2011.) Before becoming a permanent “X Factor” U.K. judge, Scherznger had been a guest judge on the show in 2010 and 21012.
On “The X Factor” U.K., Scherzinger has thrived, as two of the show’s final three contestants in 2012 were mentored by Scherzinger. She mentored 21-year-old Jahmene Douglas and 24-year-old James Arthur. The other contestant is 34-year-old Christopher Maloney, mentored by “X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow. The winner will be announced on December 9, 2012.
Her first year as an “X Factor” U.K. judge hasn’t been without controversy. Scherzinger got a lot of harassment, complaints and even death threats because she championed controversial contestant Rylan Clark, who divided viewers because of his off-key singing and campy behavior. Clark ultimately came in fifth place.
According to The Sun, Scherzinger said of “The X Factor” U.K.: “I’m really glad I did the show. I don’t know if I’ll come back next year. End on a high, right? This year has changed my life. As an artist, it’s put into perspective what I want, how to go about it. People have made me so comfortable and I have to thank you.”
When asked if she will change her mind about leaving if she gets a salary raise, Scherzinger replied with a laugh, “That’s what I’m talking about!”
Although Scherzinger’s “X Factor” return in 2013 seems likely, things seem to be more unsure for Barlow (who is rumored to be quitting) and Tulisa Contostavlos, who is rumored to be fired. Most people think that judge Louis Walsh (who has been with the show since its 2004 debut) will be back on the judging panel in 2013.
Representatives for “The X Factor” U.K. say that decisions about which judges will or won’t be returning to the show in 2013 won’t be made until early 2013.
Scherzinger has denied rumors that she will perform her song “Boomerang” on “The X Factor” U.K. 2012 season finale, which ITV1 will televise in two parts on December 8 and December 9. Instead, she will duet with Arthur on a song to be announced. The season finale takes place at Manchester Central in Manchester, England.