Andrew Lloyd Webber is furious with Nicole Scherzinger for pulling out of Cats on Broadway to return to X-Factor in the UK.

Scherzinger, who starred as Grizabella in the recent West End revival of Cats, had signed on for the upcoming Broadway production but pulled out just before rehearsal were due to begin.

Lloyd Webber told Economist Radio “A week before we were due to go into rehearsal for Cats on Broadway, which luckily I’m not producing, she calls me and says she’s decided she wants to do X Factor, having agreed everything.”

Lloyd Webber said “I’m furious because I really believe she’s the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all,” he said. “But never mind, there’ll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony award.”

The former Pussycat Doll singer reportedly joins Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel for the 2016 line-up though it seems Andrew Lloyd Webber has blown the lid off ITV’s big announcement. Scherzinger was previously a judge for two season on the talent show.

The first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, Cats, will open this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre with preview performances beginning 14 July 2016 and an official opening set for 31 July 2016.