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Simon Cowell: 'Nicole Scherzinger is as ditzy as Daffy Duck'

Music mogul Simon Cowell has risked incurring the wrath of his fellow The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger after publicly branding her a "ditzy Daffy Duck".

The sharp-tongued critic admits he is blown away by Nicole Scherzinger's beauty and suggests she would be the perfect woman if it wasn't for her lack of smarts.

In a pre-taped interview for The Wendy Williams Show, which aired on Thursday (13Oct11), Simon Cowell said, "If you were gonna draw a cartoon of the most beautiful girl in the world, it wouldn't be far to (sic) Nicole. That's (her beauty) not normal.

"She's like Jessica Rabbit. Unfortunately we've put Daffy Duck's brain in. But I love Daffy Duck... She's ditzy and she's adorable... She's gonna kill me for the Daffy Duck (comment)."

Simon Cowell then tried to redeem himself by praising the former Pussycat Dolls star's vocal talents, adding, "She's a seriously good singer."

Nicole Scherzinger was invited to join the judging panel of the new TV talent show following British pop star Cheryl Cole's departure during the early audition stages of the program.