Simon Cowell thought putting Nicole Scherzinger on X Factor UK would "degrade her"

Simon Cowell

We were quite puzzled as to why Nicole Scherzinger didn't step in for Kelly Rowland yesterday, but it now appears the reason was Simon Cowell. According to The People, the X Factor boss felt that Nicole guest judging the show for the weekend would "degrade" her.

In the end it was Alexandra Burke who stepped into the role after Simon stopped X Factor USA judge Nicole from appearing at the last minute.

A source said: “[Nicole] was so happy to step in to help but Simon didn’t want her joining it.

"He thought it might degrade her.”

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