UPDATE: Scherzinger began filming a new music video over the weekend:
— Portal Nicole (@PortalNicole) June 4, 2016
Now it’s clear why Nicole Scherzinger abruptly left Cats the musical.
Scherzinger is replacing Rita Ora on the upcoming season of The X Factor, forcing her to scratch (cat pun) her feature role as Grizabella in Cats the musical, and it’s likely due to the former Pussycat Doll aiming to release new music soon.
The show’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, famous for producing the Phantom Of The Opera and Evita shows, didn’t take the news of her departure well.
“A week before we were due to go into rehearsal for Cats on Broadway, which luckily I’m not producing, she calls me and says she’s decided she wants to do X Factor, having agreed everything,” Webber told Economist Radio. “I mean, she’s crazy. But the American producers just took a view, ‘Well, fine, we’ll get somebody else’, because she’s actually not very well known in America, amazingly. She’s much better known here.”
He added, “I’m furious because I really believe she’s the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all. But never mind, there’ll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony award.”
Scherzinger said at the time she was not “able to make it work this time around.”
“I had every intention of doing Cats on Broadway but the contract was never finalized,” she told the BBC. “I adore and respect Andrew. I’m so grateful for our friendship and can’t wait for the opportunity to create more magic together.”
Tuesday night, Scherzinger shared a photo of her in the recording studio. No better time to release new music than when you’re committed to appearing on television several times a week, right?
Sharon Osbourne is also returning to the show, as is music manager Louis Walsh. They replace Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw.