Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed his anger at Nicole Scherzinger’s decision to ditch her chance of Broadway stardom in Cats in favour of returning to faltering TV talent show The X Factor.
Lloyd Webber, who was credited with rejuvenating the former Pussycat Doll’s singing career when she was cast as Grizabella in the West End revival of Cats, admitted he had asked the American producers of the Broadway version of the show to give the singer a chance for a repeat performance on the other side of the Atlantic.
In an interview with journalist Anne McElvoy on Economist Radio, the theatrical Lord said: “A week before we were due to go into rehearsal for Cats on Broadway, which luckily I’m not producing, she calls me and says she’s decided she wants to do X Factor, having agreed everything.”
Pointing to the fact that American Scherzinger is much less well known in her home country than she is in the UK, he admitted the Broadway producers had shrugged off her last minute decision and were happy to give the role to someone else.
He went on to say: “I’m furious because I really believe she’s the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all. But never mind, there’ll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award.”
Responding to Lloyd Webber’s statement, Scherzinger reportedly claimed that although she had intended to appear in Cats on Broadway, the details had not been finalised and she was no longer able to fit the show into her schedule. According to the MailOnline she went on to say: “I adore and respect Andrew, I’m so grateful for our friendship and can’t wait for the opportunity to create more magic together.”
The singer’s relationship with the Simon Cowell singing contest began when she was hired to co-host the ill-fated US version of The X Factor when it was launched. When Cheryl [Cole] was dropped from the judging panel, Scherzinger replaced her. A year later she replaced Kelly Rowland on the original UK version of the show and went on to mentor the eventual winner, James Arthur.
She kept her seat for two seasons before the newly married Cheryl Fernandez-Versini returned and Scherzinger claimed she would be concentrating on her pop career.
The Sun newspaper has reported that Scherzinger will join other returning judges Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne on the panel for this year’s X Factor in a bid to save the failing show.
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