Plus Nicole Scherzinger hints she may not return to X Factor USA
There’s sad news today as it’s been reported that former X Factor finalist, Kerry McGregor, had died aged just 37.
Fans of the show may remember Kerry who starred in the show in 2006, when Sharon Osbourne was still on the judging panel.
Kerry – who was wheelchair bound following a fall when she was 13 years old – was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago, however, after undergoing chemotherapy, which left her almost completely deaf, it was thought she was overcoming the disease.
In fact, Kerry was doing so well, she was just days away from recording a duet with former BGT finalist Susan Boyle.
Following her death, a statement from her management company read, “It is with deep sadness we announce that Kerry passed away at home, earlier today following a battle with cancer.
“At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
Kerry’s manager, Ewan Gallagher, told the Daily Mail, “This is a desperately sad time for all Kerry’s friends and family.
“She was such a gifted singer and song-writer. She left more than 40 of her own songs unrecorded at her death.
“And she had forged a close friendship with Susan Boyle, who became very attached to Kerry because both are from West Lothian.
“Susan wrote in her autobiography that Kerry’s appearance on X Factor was what gave her the courage to appear on BGT.
“The pair were about to record a duet of Wings To Fly, which has only appeared as a bonus track on an album released by Susan in Japan.
“I’m sure it would have been a huge hit and the words have such poignancy. I don’t know what will happen with that project now.”
Meanwhile, Sharon told the Sun, “I am so sad about Kerry’s passing. Much love and respect to her and her family.”
How terribly sad. Here’s a clip of one of Kerry’s X Factor performances…
In other news, X Factor USA judge and mentor Nicole Scherzinger has given the biggest hint yet that she may not return to the show next year.
Speaking to Radar Online, Nicole – who’s about to embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland – said, “I’m an artist first, not a judge first. Next year, for me, it’s about my music.”
And later on in the interview, she seemed to blame her commitment to X Factor for the fact that her new single, Don’t Hold Your Breath, which is from her first solo album Killer Love, hasn’t topped the UK charts.
She told Radar Online: “I worked with these contestants six days a week so I delayed the album.”
Nicole also added that the show had taken a toll on her. She said, “I didn’t expect to be so emotional through the elimination process.
“I just wanted to mentor and empower artists.”
More X Factor news soon, and our deepest commiserations to Kerry’s family.