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Former Pussycat Dolls singer and Dancing with the Stars winner Nicole Scherzinger has hit back over claims she told Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly ‘Your hair is touching me.’
Strictly fans took to Twitter on Saturday night to try and figure out what Scherzinger said to Daly in what appeared to be a brief yet hostile exchange.
— Hennie Inglis (@HennieInglis) October 27, 2018
— Tooth 🎃 (@tooth_hayley) October 29, 2018
Any lipreaders able to work out what Nicole Scherzinger is saying to Tess?
— Tom Green 📻 (@TomDGreen) October 27, 2018
Speaking to The Sun, professional lip reader Tina Lannin claims Scherzinger said ‘Your hair is touching me’ and that she appeared ‘unhappy’ and felt her personal space was ‘invaded.’
“There is absolutely no mirroring between Nicole and Tess here, suggesting a lack of empathy or rapport,” Lannin added.
But Scherzinger says this is not the case and slammed the reports on her official Twitter account.
Tess: “Nice Dress!”
Me: “Thanks!” *Looks Down* “Wow, together we look like Christmas” *Looks up and realizes we’re live..*@TessDaly can sit as close to me as she likes & everyone else can focus on how @ImAshleyRoberts killed it last night! Have a blessed, positive Sunday! xo
— Nicole Scherzinger (@NicoleScherzy) October 28, 2018
The 40-year-old claims she was simply responding to Daly complimenting her dress and that she ‘can sit as close to me as she likes.’
She also said she there to support fellow former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts and said viewers should ‘focus’ on how Roberts ‘killed it last night!’ rather than what she muttered to Daly.
And this wasn’t the only thing about Scherzinger’s appearance that set Strictly fans tongues wagging. As many were surprised to see her on the show at all, as she used to judge X Factor which is of course Strictly’s biggest ratings competitor.
— Mark (@MarkElderfield) October 27, 2018
— Andy Allen (@andytamworth) October 27, 2018
— sᴜᴘᴇʀ ᴛᴠ (@superTV247) October 27, 2018
NICOLE A QUEEN
— dollinquent (@draggdani) October 27, 2018
Strictly Come Dancing has repeatedly trounced X Factor in their ratings war this year. The latest reports show that the dancing competition beat X Factor by over 5 million viewers.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm.