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Nicole Scherzinger Performs Live On 'X Factor'

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First Posted: 12/16/11 10:17 AM ET Updated: 12/16/11 10:17 AM ET

Good bye Marcus, hello Nicole!

The surprise of last night's "X Factor" elimination show was hardly the send-off of Marcus Canty, the 20-year-old Baltimorean who finally got the boot after sinking to the bottom four times in a row. It was Nicole's Scherzinger's angry, look-at-me-now voice! While the audience is still sort of peeved about Scherzinger's non-decision freak-out last week -- the one that savagely sent Rachel Crow home and outraged 'Merica -- the former Pussycat Dolls star was plotting to take matters into her own hands by facing the music onstage.

And that she did, with a performance of her new single "Pretty." Who knew that Scherzinger possessed such a manic growl and low gutteral register? Who else was confused by the waterfall of metal cascading from her neck her large metal necklace? Who else was kind of scared?

Perhaps Simon Cowell said it best when he, in a spot-on parody of Scherzinger's typically gushy tones, mock-judged: "I believe in you, you believe in me, you transcend the universe, God is smiling on you, life is a waterfall and you are the ultimate rainbow."

How did Nicole do? Watch for yourself and see, and tell us what you think.

WATCH: Nicole Scherzinger Sings "Pretty" On "X Factor"

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