As the X Factor prepares for the fifth round of live shows this weekend, Nicole Scherzinger has once again topped the charts when it comes to Twitter mentions.
35-year-old Scherzinger attracted 29.21 per cent of all Twitter mentions relating to this year’s judging panel in the run-up to Week Five.
There has been talk of a possible romance blossoming between Scherzinger and Xtra Factor host Matt Richardson, with fellow judge Sharon Osbourne stoking the fires of the rumour by claiming on Sunday’s Xtra Factor that the pair had “disappeared off together” after Saturday’s post-show celebrations.
However, Nicole seemed to nip those rumours in the bud when she announced that Matt had been dancing with her assistant Grace throughout the night.
Certainly, all eyes will be on the former Pussycat Doll this weekend, as earlier this week she was forced to deny claims that she was drunk on last week’s live shows. A spokesperson for Nicole said she was just “getting into the disco spirit”.
Meanwhile, Gary Barlow is the second most popular judge online this week, taking 28.80 per cent of Twitter activity.
Rumours have been circulating that the Take That frontman, who lost one of his acts Kingsland Road in last week’s sing-off, is planning a huge duet with megastar Elton John for this year’s X Factor grand final.
As for the contestants, Abi Alton remains the most talked-about contestant, with 26.08 per cent of all Twitter mentions this week.
The 19-year-old has come under fire from last week’s losers Kingsland Road, who have labelled her “too sensitive” to their sense of humour. Band member Josh said Abi is “not the most agreeable person in the world”.
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