Nicole Scherzinger devastated by Cats film snub

Nicole Scherzinger devastated by Cats film snub

Nicole Scherzinger was "devastated" that she couldn't audition for the 'Cats' movie.

The 'Pussycat Dolls' singer previously played during the show's West End run in 2014, but casting directors were not interested in seeing her try out for the role.

Nicole told the Guardian newspaper: "That really upset me, I won't lie about that. I was devastated. I just wanted to be given a fair opportunity - then you can turn me down. Turn me down, to my face at least, and they didn't."

The 41-year-old singer also revealed that Andrew Lloyd Webber's wife, Madeline, comforted her over the phone after the snub, despite the composer being "furious" with her after she backed out of the Broadway run of 'Cats' to judge 'The X Factor' in 2016.

He said: "She's crazy. But the American producers just took a view, 'Well, fine, we'll get somebody else', because she's actually not very well known in America, amazingly."

Lloyd Webber, 71, added: "I'm furious because I really believe she's the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all. But never mind, they'll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award."

'Cats' will be released in cinemas next month and will star Taylor Swift, James Corden and Idris Elba. 'You Need to Calm Down' hitmaker Taylor has collaborated with Lloyd Webber on a song for the movie, which has been praised by director Tom Hooper.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Tom stated that Taylor's lyrics had "extraordinary beauty" and he found the track "utterly thrilling".