Mel B is confirmed as new X Factor judge

Published Wednesday, Jun 11 2014, 09:36 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
Mel B has been confirmed as the new X Factor judge.

Following weeks of intense speculation, ITV has finally confirmed that Scary Spice will join Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh on the judging panel this year.

Melanie Brown aka Mel B, The X Factor auditions
Manchester, England - 06.06.12


And Mel B promises to bring plenty of fireworks.

She said: "Honesty is the best policy – right? And that's what I'm going to bring more of this year, whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong!"

Well, we look forward to seeing the 'debating'. We imagine 'debating' could quite quickly turn into rowing!

Mel added: "I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."

The star is no stranger to a judging panel having previously served as a guest judge on The X Factor UK and a judge over on the Australian version. She's also judged on America's Got Talent.

X Factor boss Simon said he's "thrilled" that Mel has agreed to join this year's panel, saying: "I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor."

ITV's official announcement came following a story in today's The Sun claiming Mel's contract was a done deal.

A source told the newspaper: "Simon was really keen on Mel as he wanted to balance her out with Cheryl. While Cheryl is nice and sweet, Mel can be hard and ballsy."

It's believed that Cheryl's contract allowed her a say in who was chosen as a judge alongside her and Simon. Long-time judge Louis announced his return last month, meaning he'll have been on the show for ELEVEN straight years. Well, it wouldn't be X Factor without him, would it?!

Meanwhile, this will be the first year back for Cheryl and Simon after they left the UK version for the US one.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole in their first publicity picture for X Factor 2014

© Twitter / @thexfactor

Cheryl and Simon have resolved their differences.

As we all know, Cheryl's stint as a judge on American X Factor in 2011 only lasted a few days before she was sacked by Simon, who was apparently worried that Americans may not understand her Geordie accent.

Simon continued as head judge on the show until last year, when it was announced American X Factor would not be returning for a fourth series.

Simon confirmed he was returning to X Factor in the UK in February, while Cheryl's return was announced in March. She said at the time: I'm very happy and excited to be returning to the X Factor. I'm inspired and ready to find new talent and potential popstars. It's going to be a fun series."

Cheryl previously mentored contestants Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry to victory.

Last year's X Factor in the UK was won by former prison guard Sam Bailey, who achieved the Christmas number one with debut single 'Skyscraper'. Her album, Power of Love, became the fastest selling album of the year in the UK on its release in March.

X Factor returns to ITV for its eleventh series later this year.

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