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Now an official judge on "The X Factor U.K.," Nicole was once a fill-in for then-judge Cheryl Cole while Cole was suffering from malaria. The seventh season of the reality singing competition saw Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all audition as solo acts that didn't quite cut the mustard.
This is when an idea bulb allegedly went off in Scherzy's head, as she suggested the boys form a group and try their luck in the competition as a boy band.
"Simon Cowell forgets that, too," Nicole tells Britain's Fabulous magazine of the "X Factor" boss who signed 1D to his Syco Records label following their third place finish on the show. "Or he's trying to forget that. I think they said the footage of me suggesting it mysteriously disappeared!"
"I just thought, 'Wow, these boys!'" Nicole recalled. "None of them were strong enough to make it through, but they'd make a killer group. All the girls are going to want to see these guys in a band together. And look at what they've done."
"I'm just really sad that I don't have a piece of it!" Nicole adds. Do we smell a lawsuit coming on?
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