But the former X Factor judge, 40, has taken to Twitter to clear up precisely what was said, after fans speculated she told Tess, 49, to ‘not sit so close to me’ and an lip reading ‘professional’ told The Sun she said ‘your hair is touching me’.
The camera had been on Claudia Winkleman and the other dancers when it cut back to Tess and Nicole.
Awks: Nicole Scherzinger graced the audience of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night – and was caught muttering something to host Tess Daly in a seemingly tense exchange
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Nicole – looking perturbed about something – was caught mid-way through saying something, as she looked down at the space between her and Tess.
She finished her sentence and looked on, still a little irritated.
This sent fans into speculation overdrive, convinced it was a snide remark, with some claiming that the ladies appeared to ‘hate’ each other.
‘Nicole clearly hates Tess,’ one person posted.
What’s up, pussycat? Nicole – looking perturbed about something – was caught mid-way through saying something, as she looked down at the space between her and Tess
Snide? Viewers speculated that the former X Factor judge, 40, said ‘don’t sit so close to me’ to Tess, 49, as she joined her in the audience to introduce the next dance
Bad blood? The camera had been on Claudia Winkleman and the other dancers when it cut back to Tess and Nicole
Speculation overdrive: Fans were convinced it was a snide remark, with some claiming that the ladies appeared to ‘hate’ each other
Another wrote: ‘Don’t think Tess and Nicole will be going out for a drink afterwards!’
Someone else asked: ‘Any lip readers able to work out what Nicole Scherzinger is saying to Tess? Looks a lot like “don’t sit so close to me”!’
A fourth posted: ‘Omg I’m so glad someone else picked up on this! We turned tv up and thought it was something to do with being in her space as tess’ hair brushes against her! Her face spoke a thousand words and looked really rude and stuck up!’
Arrival: Nicole looked flawless as ever in a green suede mini-dress
Zip it: The garment featured a silver zip-up design, which traveled up the dress and fell off her shoulders
Silver siren: The pop star finished her look with metallic high heels
A fifth typed: ‘Did anyone else notice Nicole Scherzinger @NicoleScherzy say to Tess Daly ‘Don’t sit so close to me’ right as the cameras cut to Tess to introduce the last dance? Wow!’
Another concluded: ‘Whatever she says her face is totally “get away from me”.’
Nicole was snapped arriving at the Strictly studios in Elstree earlier in the evening.
For the occasion she slipped her frame into a jade green suede mini-dress featuring a silver zip-up detailing, which traveled up the dress and fell off her shoulders.
The pop star finished her look with metallic high heels which matched the zip.