Rather than feel personally responsible for sending someone home on tonight's X Factor, judge Nicole Scherzinger cast a vote against 13-year-old fan favorite Rachel Crow in order to force a deadlock. Viewer votes were then used to break the tie, and—shockingly—a sobbing Rachel was eliminated, sending the audience into the anti-Scherzinger fury you'll see in the above video.
Tonight's X Factor saw a fracturing of the judging panel, with Simon Cowell and LA Reid teaming up to butt heads with Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. The ladies' rejection of the more attractive female contestants led Cowell to accuse them of judging bias and, in an attempt to strike back, tell one unremarkable hopeful that she reminded him of Scherzinger. As you'll see in this video, he probably now wishes he hadn't done so.
Ahead of Wednesday's premiere of The X Factor, Simon Cowell is in full promotional mode. Tonight's PR pit stop brought Cowell to The Tonight Show, where he shared some brutally honest opinions of his three X Factor co-judges to Jay Leno.
Actor and Celebrity Rehab alum Gary Busey turns 65 today. Producer Robert Evans turns 79. Comedian Richard Lewis is turning 62. Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America, is turning 42. Top Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr is 57. Web entrepreneur Scott Heiferman is 37. Colin Hay of Men at Work is 56. Race car driver Jeff Burton turns 42. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter is turning 52. And "Pussycat Doll" Nicole Scherzinger celebrates her 31st birthday today.