X Factor in Dubai
The stars of X Factor hit town last week and we couldn’t stop ourselves from having a bit of a stalk as the team set to work on scenes of the judges mentoring contestants. Xtra Factor presenter, and former One Direction botherer Caroline Flack was joined by host Dermot O’Leary and judge Nicole Scherzinger and guest judge Ne-Yo, who set up camp in a swanky villa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm. Ne-Yo bagged a Senior Suite while Nic rocked out in the Grand Imperial Suite. Fancy! She also jetted in 24 hours after everyone else after stopping in London to see her boy Lewis Hamilton. And it looks like they’re as in love as ever, she wouldn’t stop going on about him!
When they weren’t filming, Flack and her crew had dinner at Lalezar and took camel rides with the contestants while Nic and Ne-Yo partied at Mahiki. Nicole also hit Talise spa for massages twice and chilled out in the hammam. Staff even gushed that she was super easy to deal with and didn’t throw a diva strop once. Get her! But Nic wasn’t the only one making friends and influencing people. Ne-Yo hit the town big-style, partying at Buddha Bar and Cavalli Club with his entourage, while Dermot (we love him!) was really friendly and happy to stop and chat with fans and fellow guests who followed the cast and crew’s every move, before being rewarded with plenty of pictures and autographs.
The stars and crew had another knees-up on their last night in town. After three long days of filming, the group went wild, partying until 6am before heading straight to the airport and jetting back to London to continue filming. Rumour has it that hotel security were called to break up the bash after revellers dived into the villa pool, but our insiders tell us this wasn’t the case and everyone was well behaved. Phew.