Last week Tulisa's X Factor return was confirmed as she was spotted filming with Louis Walsh in Bermuda for his judges' houses round.
And at the X Factor press launch in London yesterday evening, when speaking about the N Dubz star, Louis said he was "Team Tulisa, all they way."
After a difficult year - a judge threw out a charge against Tulisa of being concerned in the supply of drugs (something she strongly denied) and she was found guilty of assaulting TOWIE star Vas J Morgan (something she has denied and says she will appeal) - the former X Factor judge is now moving forward and will appear in the show's eleventh series alongside Louis.
With her return finally out in the open, this year's judges Simon and Louis, along with host Dermot O'Leary and Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford, told ITN's On Demand Entertainment they were happy to see Tulisa back on the show.
Speaking fondly of his pal, Louis said: "She's in a great place, she's looking better. I'm on Team Tulisa, all the way... She's been through an awful lot of stuff - bad stuff... she's come out on the other side. I think she's in a better place now."
Sharing Louis' enthusiasm for Tulisa's return, Simon said it was "fantastic" to have the 26-year-old back filming again.
"That's Louis, he's loyal. They're great friends. It's good to have her back and I was happy for her," he said.
Dermot admitted that Louis had "really petitioned hard" for Tulisa to join him in Bermuda and said the 'Young' singer "enjoyed every minute" of filming.
Speaking of seeing Tulisa again, Dermot said: "After the whole courtcase thing has gone away, it's almost like having the old Tulisa back. She was fun again, there was nothing hanging over her shoulders."
Agreeing with Dermot, Sarah-Jane revealed Tulisa is "back on track" and was giving off a really good vibe while away with the show.
And she certainly looked fabulous as she made her X Factor comeback. Rocking a bikini as she hit the sea in Bermuda, Tulisa was all smiles as she worked in the sunshine overseas.
The X Factor is back this Saturday 30 August on ITV.
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