Rachel Crow's shocking elimination from "The X-Factor" on Thursday came thanks to America's voting, but given her involvement in the process, judge Nicole Scherzinger was feeling her own quiet grief while Crow flailed and sobbed on stage.
"When I saw that look on her face [I felt] that I let her down, like I dropped her. I could have been holding on and I dropped her," Scherzinger told reporter after the show, according to People Magazine. "She is the sunshine of our show, so it's hard to see her cry."
Still, the singer/judge still insists that, ultimately, she's not to blame.
"I said, 'You know how much I love and adore you. I've always believed in you,' " Scherzinger told the magazine of her conversation with Crow. "'I'm so sorry all of this happened like this. But I didn't send you home, babe.'"
Of course, the voting public, despite its ballot box decisions, doesn't quite agree -- Scherzinger didn't have to leave it in their hands. "X-Factor" viewers have been flooding Scherzinger's Facebook page with angry comments, with the Insider gathering some of the most scathing.
"You are a disgrace of a judge an ultimately a disgrace of a human being. Time to vote you OFF!!!!" a user named Nick Spadafino wrote. That, though, was mild in comparison to the unending rage sent in by one Harley Brown.
"10Th com.ent and counting, NICOLE IS A COWARD AND A LITTLE B*TCH," she wrote. "DO THE JOB U SIGNED UP TO DO, OR DONT SIGN UP FOR IT. U KNEW U WERE GOING TO MAKE A HARD DECISION, AND U COWARD OUT. STUPID B*TCH."
At least Crow herself isn't mad at Scherzinger. She sent out a series of tweets in support of the judge, writing, "To all my fans I love u so much and I am so lucky to have your support thank u. Please be kind to @NIcoleScherzy I care a lot about her" and then "@NicoleScherzy hi Nicole unfortunately there are haters in this world and I honk you are beautiful inside and out I love you! #blessed."
For more of those delightful screeds, click over to The Insider.
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