NI­COLE: It could be my last se­ries!

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JAMES ING­HAM Show­biz Edi­tor

NI­COLE Scherzinger is con­sid­er­ing quit­ting the show to re­launch her pop ca­reer.

The for­mer Pussy­cat Doll ad­mit­ted this sea­son could be her last be­cause she wants to chal­lenge Adele and Ed Sheeran in the charts.

Her fel­low judges – Si­mon Cow­ell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Os­bourne – have al­ready signed up for next year. But Ni­cole said: “I haven’t signed yet be­cause I’m just try­ing to get through this year’s show.

“If I don’t come back it’s not be­cause I don’t love the show, it’s be­cause I’m a singer first.

“I’m sit­ting there telling all these peo­ple what they should be do­ing when I should be do­ing it my­self.

“I’m still in­cred­i­bly am­bi­tious and still have a lot of things, mu­si­cally, I want to achieve.” Ni­cole has kept Si­mon Cow­ell guess­ing for the last two years – sign­ing up at the 11th hour.

She was only able to re­turn this year be­cause the live shows have been cut by a month. Si­mon is be­lieved to be lin­ing up Ch­eryl Tweedy to come back next year. Ni­cole, who hasn’t re­leased new mu­sic for three years, said: “At this stage, as an artist I re­ally have to think about the next moves that I make and the next mu­sic that I put out. “It’s got to mean some­thing. It’s got to be au­then­tic and spe­cial to sep­a­rate you from the rest. “It’s just me tak­ing time as an artist. Adele took some time to do that, Ed took some time to do that. I think ev­ery artist needs to re­flect.” Ni­cole went on to re­veal how time-con­sum­ing and men­tally ex­haust­ing she finds The X Fac­tor. She is bal­anc­ing the show with her mu­sic ca­reer and a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship with Bul­gar­ian ten­nis ace Grigor Dim­itrov.

Her fel­low judges have been ac­cused of hav­ing lit­tle con­tact with their con­tes­tants. But Lewis Hamil­ton’s ex said she wants to give the wannabes 100% com­mit­ment.

She added: “I’m not here to waste any­body’s time. I care, and that’s why it’s a huge de­ci­sion for me whether I come back or not.”

Ni­cole has the best track record of any judge, win­ning two of the three times she has been a men­tor.

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