X Factor 2017: Nicole Scherzinger doesn't think the winner is in her category

X Factor 2017: Nicole Scherzinger.

X Factor 2017 judge Nicole Scherzinger has confessed she doesn't feel the winner is in her category.

Ahead of the live shows this weekend, Nicole tipped another secret contestant to do well.

Nicole won the show last year with the Boys, mentoring Matt Terry to victory.

But she's not expecting to repeat that success - despite vowing to give it her best effort.

"I am very competitive and I put a million per cent into everything I do," Nicole said. "But two years in a row, I don't know about that."

She admitted: "I have a feeling of somebody that is going to win but they are not in my category."

In a chat with the Daily Star's TV Magazine, Nicole revealed she was upset after being given the Overs category - despite originally asking for it.

She explained: "I'm upset because the producers were going to give me a category and I said, 'No, I want this one instead.'

"I got what I wanted but I really should have had what they were going to give me.

"But that's OK. It will work out. Everything happens for a reason."

Last night saw the first elimination of the series as Spencer Sutherland was voted off in the first results.

A total of 15 now remain in the competition's final stages ahead of Sunday's show.

They are Simon Cowell's Groups Rak-Su, The CutKelvins, Sean and Conor Price and wildcard Jack & Joel, Sharon Osbourne's Girls Grace Davies, Rai-Elle Williams, Holly Tandy and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra.

Plus Louis Walsh's Boys Lloyd Macey, Sam Black and wildcard Leon Mallett and Nicole Scherzinger's Overs Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen, Tracy Leanne Jefford and wildcard Leon Mallett.

The X Factor 2017 continues Sunday night on ITV from the earlier time of 7PM with the Overs and Groups performances.

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