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Rylan Clark has said he is "sad" that former mentor Nicole Scherzinger is leaving The X Factor, but knows the show always came second to her music.

The singer, reality star and presenter found fame on X Factor's 2012 series after being picked for the live shows by Scherzinger, who left the panel in February to make way for returning judge Cheryl Cole.

Speaking after completing a run at the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games at the Olympic Park yesterday (March 23), Clark told Digital Spy: "Nicole is one of my best friends. I love her to bits.

"It's sad that she's moved on, but her music is what she does and X Factor was second."

Asked what he thought of Cole being recruited in place of his friend, Clark replied: "Cheryl returning is absolutely fantastic. I'm so glad she's back. She'll be great."

Clark also referenced his famously emotional reaction to »

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