Absolute stinger for Nicole Scherzinger. Ooh that sort of rhymes. Simon Cowell could probably afford to buy a country or two but given that we're in recession, he thought the former Pussycat Doll wouldn't mind travelling in ecomony. HELL to the no. Scherzinger is said to be 'fuming' that X Factor bosses didn't put her in first class, leaving her with no choice but to fork out three and a half grand from her OWN POCKET to avoid the embarrassment of ecomony. Tin foil wrapped microwaved stewed-to-bejaysus airplane dinners? That's just not her style.

A source told The Sun, "She always flies first-class but she was amazed to find that she had been booked into economy. The X Factor books all of her flights - but she hadn't expected this... Nicole spent 20 minutes trying to get BA to upgrade her but in the end she had to put her hand in her pocket... There were a few mutterings about Simon Cowell being a tightwad."

Well you don't get that rich being generous, do you?

Scherzy will be back on our screens very soon as the new UK X Factor judge and apparently we can look forward to some over the top emotion as she broke down in floods of tears during one of last week's Boot Camp performances. Yawwwwwn.