Nicole Scherzinger belted out the part of the chorus of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You to prove to Simon Cowell that she could sing.
It was brought about by Simon's comment on the performance of auditionee Ivana Steelman who sang a horrible rendition of Hey, Big Spender. Simon said, “You know what Ivanna, you remind me of Nicole. I think this is exactly what I would have seen with Nicole if she had been 20 auditioning for the show for the first time. I do.”
To that, Nicole retorded, “That’s funny ’cause you can look it up online I was in a show called Popstars and actually sang Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You."
The auditionee looked to have actually felt good on being compared to Nicole but eventually felt bad upon realizing Simon Cowell's point.
Watch the exchange of words between Simon and Nicole, and Nicole singing I Will Always Love You, on the video clip after the jump.