Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger hold hands in new X Factor picture

Published Wednesday, Jun 12 2013, 13:05 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger are clearly getting on well as they're seen clasping hands in a new promotional picture for X Factor.

Sharon, Nicole and fellow judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh headed to Birmingham this week for the second round of filmed auditions for the tenth series of the ITV talent show.

And despite Sharon only just rejoining the X Factor panel, it appears from this photo that she and Nicole have already struck up quite a friendship!

X Factor judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow in Birmingham, 10 Jun 2013

© Rex Features / Brian J Ritchie/Thames

Sharon previously said she couldn't wait to work with Nicole, saying: "I couldn't be happier about coming back for the tenth anniversary of X Factor. I can't wait to give Gary Barlow a big hug, sit next to the gorgeous Nicole, and of course throw water on dear Louis. Yay!"

Will it still be so friendly when the competition starts?!

Nicole will be looking to achieve a second straight win as X Factor judge, following her success with James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas last year, while surely Sharon will be hoping to cement her big comeback with a blistering win?

We actually reckon these two will be firm friends throughout the series. Whatever happens, bring on the first episode!