Nicole Scherzinger says X Factor is better without Simon Cowell

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor 2012)

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has claimed that the show is better without Simon Cowell!

The former Pussycat Doll is no doubt still bit annoyed at the music mogul for firing her from the USA version for the series last year.

But she revealed today that, unlike Gary Barlow, she's still in regular contact with the X Factor boss.

"I was with Simon last week. I went to school with Simon, he taught me what to do and that's how I started on this show," she said.

The 'Right There' hitmaker continued: "It's weird for him not to be there, getting under my skin, driving me nuts."

But she added: "I'm actually having a pleasant time on this show."

Nicole told viewers today to expect tears fro her in the live shows once the eliminations begin.

She explained: "Anyone who saw me in the US, will have seen that it's really hard for me to let people go."

"I'm an artist first and a judge second."

She added: "I'm very empathetic to how they're feeling and I don't want to let them go. It breaks my heart to see them leave and it's the hardest part of the competition."

The X Factor 2012 live shows start at 8PM tomorrow night on ITV1. The first elimination will take place on Sunday night's live show, which will also feature performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

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