X Factor 2013 judge Nicole Scherzinger was close to tears in the final round of auditions this week.
The Pussycat Doll singer was in Wales on Wednesday for the last round of try outs with her fellow judges.
Sitting on the panel alongside Gary Barlow, Sharon Obsourne and Louis Walsh, Nicole was touched by one hopeful who performed a song about a break up.
Nicole, who recently split from long term boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, told the singer: “It pulled on my heartstrings. “It sucks doesn’t it? Really sucks.”
She added to the song-writer: “It’s so depressing but it’s so good. I would buy your album.”
“Even though Nicole is going through a tough time she was determined to get on with things," a source told The Sun newspaper. "Throughout the day she was showered with presents from contestants after celebrating her 35th birthday during the week.
“She really appreciated that and she even impressed her fellow judges by doing the splits during a break in auditions.”
The X Factor 2013 auditions continue later this month with the callbacks at Wembley Arena in London.
Browse pictures of Nicole backstage at the auditions in Wales earlier this week below...