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Lookback: The wild X Factor finale moment that’s just as chaotic a decade on

There’s nothing like throwing it back to some hilarious on-screen moments-gone-wrong, and this X Factor duel-et is definitely one worth remembering.

For this lookback, we’re taking you back to the odd and awkward time of December 2012, during the talent show’s US finale.

X Factor mentor and judge Nicole Scherzinger took to the stage with her mentee Jahmene Douglas to show off their powerhouse vocals, but the pair experienced a bit of a hiccup along the way.

You can watch the video above.

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Scherzinger strode across the stage, ready to shine with a working mic. (YouTube / X Factor US)

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Just a few words into their duet of Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love’, Scherzinger realised her microphone was not working. A disaster for any live act.

While audiences and performers are definitely accustomed to seeing a backstage crew member simply running onstage with a working mic when issues arise, it was not the case on this occasion.

Ever the problem-solver, Scherzinger simply powered on, with her eyes on the prize – the working mic.

Striding up to Douglas with a “gimme gimme” gesture, Scherzinger grabs the mic from him, cutting him off mid-lyric so she can have her moment to shine.

Nicole Scherzinger steals mic from mentee Jahmene Douglas.
Scherzinger couldn’t wait for Douglas to finish his line, she needed amplification. (YouTube / X Factor US)

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A miffed Douglas then awkwardly walks away as Scherzinger steals the stage, and the two keep close as they hand the mic back and forth.

The moment truly has to be seen to be believed, at least to fully understand the magnitude of diva-drama that played out in this moment.

At the end of the performance, Scherzinger couldn’t hide her frustration at the technical error.

“Well, it sucks when your mic is not on, but [Douglas] is my little angel and to share the stage with him, that’s the reason that I’m here,” she said.

Nicole Scherzinger and Jahmene Douglas X Factor finale 2012.
Frustrations aside, the pair powered through the ballad, deciding to simply share the stage and bring their duel-et to an end. (YouTube / X Factor US)

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Despite her annoyance, Scherzinger still had it in her to share some praise for her mentee: “I’m just so proud of him,” she said of Douglas, “he’s a revelation.”

The video itself has been thrown back into the spotlight on Instagram and TikTok, with viewers lapping up every inch of the “chaos”.

Pop culture Instagram account @loveofhuns recently shared the video on their account, with the caption: “NEVER forget the chaos of Nicole Scherzinger snatching the mic off Jahmene in the 2012 X Factor final.”

Fans trolled the comments with some hilarious comments: “Stole the mic and his dignity,” one person wrote.

“The gimme gimme hand / finger move,” another joked.

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