‘X Factor UK’ Reject James Hughes Lashes Out At Nicole Scherzinger
The X Factor UK 2016 has been pretty competitive, and a lot of great talent went home early. One person who believes he went home earlier than he should have is James Hughes, the 17-year-old singer from the Boys category, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. However, James isn’t exactly a fan of Scherzy after his experience.
“She’s a c**t!” James told Now Magazine (at a CHARITY function!). “She’s so nice on camera, but I felt she had no time for me once they were off.”
James goes on to feed into the claims that The X Factor is fixed and run by the producers behind the scenes by adding, “I don’t even think she picked her final three boys!”
However, James had nothing but positive things to say about Nicole’s rival X Factor judges, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.
“Louis and Sharon were lovely,” he said. “They spoke to everyone. Simon [Cowell] left as soon as the cameras were off and Nicole looked everyone up and down.”
Of course, some personal accountability should probably enter into all this, considering James flubbed his lyrics after starting in the wrong key on his Judges’ Houses performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, on a vocal that probably wasn’t going to get him to live shows even if he hadn’t. He’s a teenager, and I can only imagine he’ll live to regret speaking out like this in the future, especially since I can’t imagine he’s someone who could come back for a future season now that these comments are out. At least not without being called to the carpet on nationwide television over what he’s said.
It also doesn’t help that, in general, more of Nicole’s boys have been positive towards her than negative. She remains in touch with Season 9 winner James Arthur, runner-up Jahmene Douglas, and fifth-place finisher Rylan Clark-Neal. And recently, 2016 finalist Freddy Parker stood up for Nicole, noting that she “has been so supportive and so lovely to me” and adding, “I can’t thank her enough for all the support she’s given me. She could have just left me to my own thing and not had any contact with me, but she was so hands-on.” So it would seem as though James is in the minority here. While this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s wrong about Nicole being distant, it does hurt his credibility a bit, especially since this all comes across as sour grapes on his part.
But what do you think about what James had to say? How do you feel about Nicole Scherzinger as a judge? Sound off in the comments!