But I remember going to the first scan with Lauren.
judges panel in season one, she had no idea what to expect, least of all that the show would be a ratings juggernaut (averaging 35 million viewers during its season-five height, according to Nielsen) and that the program, along with her snippy tablemate Simon Cowell and the jovial Randy Jackson, would become instant pop culture phenomena.
It took me a while to learn how to give it back [to Simon], but boy, was it fun once I did.“ Threaten To Quit“In the beginning, it was appalling and shocking that someone could speak so harshly of these people.
A soundman from season one told me I had quit eight times just during the first taping.
However, they pulled it together with an energetic performance which divided the judges with Louis and Sharon giving them a stand ovation and Nicole and Simon not feeling it.
Sam Lavery looked striking as she put on a gothic performance of Michael Jackson's classic Earth Song which was surprisingly not loved by the former Pussycat Doll.'I'm from North Weezy!
Louis clearly mentioned he wasn't a fan of the performance while Simon cheekily confessed he could see where Nicole's attention went this week - citing her vivacious show-opener.
Next to perform was Gifty Louise, one of Simon's girls who dedicated her emotional delivery of Sam Smith's Lay Me Down to her mother who unfortunately passed away when she was young.
The talented mentor, 38, wowed the audience, but it wasn't long before Simon blasted her for her lack of mentoring focus after her first act Ryan Lawrie was slated for his performance.
Nicole looked sensational in a floor-length sparkling silver gown as she took on Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman and Aretha Franklin's Respect, before declaring, 'You know I'm your favourite diva, Simon!
', to which he responded with the likes of Jay Z and Kanye.