Nicole ScherzingerYou’d think Simon Cowell would be busy enough mentoring his acts and judging on the US X Factor.

But UK judge Nicole Scherzinger reveals the music mogul is in constant contact.

‘He calls and texts me all the time,’ she says. ‘He’s texted me saying, “You’re killing it,” and, “I’m hearing great things about you”. I reply saying, “That’s how I do, sucker!”

‘I’m somebody who never gives up. I work really hard for it and it’s all paying off.’

Meanwhile, Gary Barlow has revealed that he is considering leaving The X Factor. ‘It’s such a long show,’ he says. ‘It’s just not the right time. We’ll sit down in January and have a talk about where the future is.’

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