Nicole sent the results to deadlock rather than cast a deciding vote, which resulted in 13-year old Rachel being voted off in hysterical circumstances. According to People, Nicole felt "like I dropped her. I could have been holding on and I dropped her".
However, the 'Baby Love' hitmaker was defiant about her decision.
"Did I think America probably would have chosen Rachel? The probability was that they would have sent Marcus home." Wiping her hands of the whole sorry affair she said, "ultimately America made the choice".
It hasn't really been great publicity for Nicole's 'Killer Love' album, which still hasn't had a US release.