Nicole Scherzinger ran off the set of ‘X Factor‘ in tears last night … when the audience booed her like crazy for eliminating Rachel Crow … and TMZ has learned she was hysterically crying in her drssing room for nearly a half-hour.
Nicole was charged with casting the final vote between Crow and Marcus Canty … but didn’t want to eliminate either .. so she sent the vote to “Deadlock” — which meant it all boiled down to the audience vote.
Crow lost … and broke down in tears … and when the host of the show asked Nicole to comment, the crowd unleashed a chorus of boos.
Sources connected to the production tell TMZ … Nicole bolted right for her dressing room … and was “inconsolable” about the situation.
We’re told Crow — who was a crying mess herself — heard about Nicole and went to the judge’s dressing room … when the two cried together and Crow told Rachel she was not mad about the decision.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Scherzinger — as TMZ first reported, she had already been getting death threats and hate mail for voting Drew Ryniewicz off the show last week.