Nicole Scherzinger's Louis confidence boost

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 November 2012
Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger was given "confidence" by Louis Walsh when she signed up to judge on the UK 'X Factor'

Louis Walsh gave Nicole Scherzinger "confidence".

The former Pussycat Dolls singer has struck up a friendship with her fellow 'X Factor' judge and he has helped her a lot with the programme - as well as always being on hand for a gossip.

She said: "Louis gave me the confidence to think I could do this show. We go out for dinner, we gossip, we talk serious stuff, he's remarkable."

Nicole has also made a good friend in Tulisa Contostavlos and was happy to stand up for the 'Young' singer when head judge Gary Barlow criticised her 'fag ash breath' during a recent live show - even though she was confused by the remark.

She said: "Tulisa's great, she's my friend. She's the one I can kick back and have a glass of wine with. I've got her back.

"When Gary called her 'fag breath', I was the one who dragged him over off air and told him to sort it out. He did, he went and apologized.

"I was also confused because fag means a whole bunch of other stuff where I come from."

Though Nicole has a lot of respect for Gary, they don't spend much time together away from the show.

She told Grazia magazine: "Gary and I talk music. I respect him but we don't hang out because he's spending all his spare time with his family."

The Pussycat Dolls

Ex-burlesque troupe-turned-nouveau Spice Girls.

Nicole Scherzinger

The American singer and Pussycat Doll member performs chart-topping pop and R&B from her debut album, Killer Love.

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