Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nicole Scherzinger: Simon Cowell should thank me for putting together One Direction

Nicole Scherzinger says she's was keen on putting the boys together

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Nicole Scherzinger helped create One Direction, who came 3rd in The X Factor 2010

Nicole Scherzinger believes she had a strong hand in creating X Factor boy band One Direction and that Simon Cowell ought to be grateful.

The Pussycat Doll appeared as a guest judge on the series last year and saw the potential in solo auditionees Harry Styles, 17, Zain 'Zayn' Malik, 18, Louis Tomlinson, 19, Liam Payne, 17, and Niall Horan, 17.

'Simon has me to thank for putting One Direction together,' Nicole, 32, tells The Sun.

'But I don't get any credit.

'I won't be getting a cut of the money they make him.'

Nicole and Simon, 51, could soon be working together again, though.

The music mogul is reported to have signed her up for The US X Factor - as a surprise host.

'Having lined up Nicole as a potential judge, Simon decided to try something different and unexpected, and have a non-mainstream presenter present,' a source tells the Daily Mirror.

'Nicole's had screen tests and is a natural in front of the camera. Autocue does not faze her at all.'�

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