Nicole Scherzinger: The Backstage Cry Sesh … Caught On Tape!

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X-Factor” judge Nicole Scherzinger claimed she “died inside” when she saw the look on Rachel Crow“s face last night … after the 13-year-old was eliminated — and has obtained footage of the emotional backstage meltdown.

Nicole told producers after the show, half in denial — “I couldn”t make that decision on my own … I didn”t send her home. I adore Rachel.”

Between tears, Nicole added, “When I saw Rachel”s look on her face, I just died inside.”