X Factor 2013: Nicole Scherzinger reckons she's more popular than Gary Barlow!

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor 2013)

X Factor star Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she hopes to battle Gary Barlow to become the star of the show this year.

Assuming of course the pair are both back on the show, as there's plenty of rumours going around.

Nicole definitely wants to be back though, having triumphed on last year's show with two acts in the final.

"We slayed it, right?" she said this week, telling Graham Norton: “I made history when I had three contestants in the quarter final. And I made history when there were only two left. Either way, I was going to win.”

Saying that Gary didn't take losing well, Nicole teased she was more popular than the Take That star having scored hits across the world.

She boasted: "I don’t know if I can be the star judge. Gary Barlow is still Gary Barlow. But in America we don’t really know who Gary is.

“When I did the first audition over here with The X Factor, everybody was screaming. I thought, ‘They are so thrilled to have me on this show’. But then it was like, ‘Oh, you want me to take your picture with Gary’.”

Nicole admitted: “I did not realise what a legend he was until the Music Industry Awards and Prince Charles did a blog for him. He was like, ‘What’s up Gary, sorry I can’t be there blah, blah, blah.’ And then Elton John was crying.”

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