Cheryl Cole has confessed in her autobiography that her first encounter with X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger was cringeworthy.
The star was replaced by the former Pussycat Doll on the American X Factor, but does not cite this as the reason for their awkward first meeting.
The singer said: "The first time I met Nicole was when she was performing on the X Factor in London."
"She said 'Oh my God, Cheryl! You're just as pretty in real life! I heard your song on the radio!'. It was really embarrassing."
"Then she started singing Promise This to me, and I swear to God the woman sang the whole song, to my face. It was just so awkward, and every time I stood next to her she started singing it again."
She added: "I thought how that would be like me going up to Britney and singing the whole of Baby, One More Time in her face. Can you imagine how weird that would be?"
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