X Factor's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora share a hug at Boot Camp

Published Friday, Jul 31 2015, 08:46 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora really seem to have struck up a friendship on X Factor.

Rather than the usual rumours of cattiness between female judges, these guys genuinely seem to have hit off while filming for the 12th series of the show.

A photo posted to Instagram by Cheryl's publicity team shows the girls cuddling up for the camera while shooting the Boot Camp stage. We kind of love this: perhaps they can gang up on Simon when the live shows start!

Cheryl and Rita cosy up at X Factor Boot Camp
30 July 2015

© Instagram / @supersonicpr

Just last month Rita had said she wasn't interested in any sort of rivalry with Cheryl, telling The Sun: "That's not something I am focused on. I think that will be looked at differently now. You see female popstars supporting each other more."

Cheryl is a returning judge this year, while it's Rita's first time as a full panel member. She has previously served as a guest judge on X Factor and, of course, has plenty of experience as a coach on The Voice UK.

They'll be joined on the judging panel by Simon Cowell and Nick Grimshaw, while Caroline Flack and Olly Murs will host the main show. The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes and KISS FM DJ Melvin Odoom will present spinoff show The Xtra Factor.

There's another big change this year: announcer Peter Dickson has left. A replacement hasn't been revealed yet but Cheryl recently said it was a shame Nick and Rita would miss hearing him announce their names in his familiar tones.

Check out Cheryl's hair transformation below:

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