Exclusive: Nicole Scherzinger reveals she DOES think X Factor's Honey G is a "novelty act"

Published Tuesday, Oct 11 2016, 14:16 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Nicole Scherzinger has said that she DOES think X Factor's Honey G is a "novelty act."

Since winning herself a place in the live shows, courtesy of her mentor Sharon Osbourne, Honey G has found herself dividing fans. While some are backing Honey all the way, others have branded her as a "joke" and there has been a petition doing the rounds to get Honey removed from the live shows.

But what does Nicole really think?

Honey G at X Factor rehearsals, Wembley
6 October

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Nicole Scherzinger out in Mayfair, London
10 October

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Speaking to Reveal ahead of the first X Factor live show, Nicole told us: "Oh yeah, Honey G is a novelty act. Do I see her as a serious artist? Maybe she's got some other stuff hidden up her sleeves."

But despite not being entirely convinced by Honey and her rap skills, Nicole has said she IS rooting for Honey to do well on The X Factor.

Nicole added: "Honey G is fun and that's what the show needs, fun. I'm rooting for Honey G, I hope that she brings more stuff and she has more tricks hidden, but right now, what we've seen, people are used to more technical stuff. So, it's like, 'Wait, what is this chick bringing?'

"Hopefully, though, she'll bring it."

Honey, meanwhile, has spoken out against being branded a "novelty" or "joke" act. The rapper (who's real name is Anna Georgette Gilford) told WhatsOnTV that she felt "insulted" by those claiming she has no talent and doesn't deserve her place on the live shows.

"I know some people have been saying they don't think I'm real and that I'm a prank that's been set up by the producers, but those haters need to check themselves because I AM the finished article," she said.

"I might not have the most amazing voice but I'm a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I've got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting."

Honey G, The X Factor
8 October


Honey sang live in front of the nation for the first time on Saturday (8 October). She performed her own rendition of Tupac's 'California Love' and won praise from the judges, with even Simon admitting he liked her performance.

The music mogul told her: "I don't know what's just happened. But here's the weird thing…I loved it. I just really like you. I thought you weren't serious when you first came in, but now. I realise that you are."

Honey appeared to win over Nicole too, Scherzy told her: "That was so much fun. You had us all up here chanting."

She survived the first public vote, as it was Saara Alto and Bratavio that found themselves in the bottom two. They had to sing again for the judges, and it was Bratvio that lost out on their place in the competition, after Simon, Nicole and Sharon all opted to save Saara.

Following their exit, Bratavio claimed they knew they were going to be first out. Appearing on The X Factor, Bradley revealed: "[Ottavio] already had his bags packed."

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