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Nicole Scherzinger covered in popcorn on The X Factor

Nicole Scherzinger covered in popcorn on The X Factor

Nicole Scherzinger was showered in popcorn after a food fight broke out on the judges' table on 'The X Factor'.

The 38-year-old singer was introducing her act on the ITV show when Simon Cowell tipped the sweet treat over her head and Louis Walsh soon joined in, much to Sharon Osbourne's amusement.

However, the incident didn't put contestant Matt Terry off and he wowed with a faultless performance of 'Writing's On The Wall' from hit movie 'SPECTRE'.

Sharon gushed: "You know your comfort zone, you know what suits you. Unbelievable. This competition is anyone's and you've just taken first place."

And Simon added: "This is what we've been waiting for, at last. To use Nicole's favourite expression, that took balls.

"You haven't had the best two weeks but you come back. It was a great vocal. It's really annoying that Nicole and you chose it but congratulations to the both of you."

Nicole couldn't help but tear up as she praised her act.

She said: "It's what we're all here for, to be moved. You look expensive; but what you have, you cannot buy. You took me there with you."

On hearing their comments, Matt was overwhelmed and said: "I cannot describe how I feel right now. I've always wanted to sing this song. I'm loving it."

Meanwhile, Simon told Honey G he would "rip up the rulebook" for her but Nicole questioned if people were hearing the same thing week on week.

She told the controversial contestant: "I love the energy. Towards the end, I started to wonder if I'm seeing the same thing week on week."

Whilst Simon said: "You are infectious; every time you put on a show. Is it the best thing I've heard? No. Do I look forward to you coming back? Yes. It's time to rip up the rulebook."

And Louis Walsh didn't hold back on his criticism of Ryan Lawrie - who opened the show with 'Jailhouse Rock' - when he compared him to Matt.

He said: "There is a guy on this show called Matt who will always be better than you."

However, Simon praised the singer, adding: "I think this was your best performance of the whole show. It was the very first time you actually looked like you had fun."

'The X Factor' continues on Sunday evening (20.11.16).