Simon Cowell Disses Nicole Scherzinger On The X Factor

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By Radar Staff

Note to Simon: Don’t mess with a Pussycat Doll, they have claws!

During Wednesday night’s deliciously good The X Factor, judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger had a  testy exchange — and RadarOnline.com has the catty clip.

It started when Simon remarked to a (terrible) young female contestant: “That’s exactly what I would have seen with Nicole had she been 20 auditioning for the show for the first time. I do.”

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Nicole — who sat stone faced during Simon’s blunt feedback to the contestant — then shot back: “That’s funny cause you can look it up on line, I was on a show called Pop Stars and actually sang Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.

Nicole then burst into a rousing a cappella version of the hit Houston song, as the camera cut away to a shot of the poor contestant on stage, realizing, no doubt, Nicole had clearly stolen her spotlight.

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As fellow judge Paula Abdul hugged Nicole and the crowd cheered wildly, you can see Simon smiling.

The X Factor airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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