By Lanford Beard
Updated December 13, 2011 at 05:57 PM EST

X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and Paula Abdul sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night. It was a particularly tough discussion for Scherzinger, as she was indirectly responsible for sending home spunky 13-year-old Rachel Crow, who had a gut-wrenching onstage breakdown in front of millions of fans. Of course Kimmel replayed the clip, and even Cowell had to admit, “It was even worse than I remember.”

After Abdul defended her, Scherzinger explained, “In the moment and under pressure, it’s not as easy to just be like, ‘Hey, this what I’m going to do and you’re going home!'” She insisted, “I own the decision that I made,” and expressed her happiness about reports that Crow is in talks to sign a deal with Disney. See Scherzinger’s horrified reaction to the replay in the full interview after the jump.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Was Scherzinger right to let the decision go to deadlock? Would you have done the same?

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