X Factor wannabes will be judged by a real Pussycat – after Nicole Scherzinger signed up for the panel.
The Pussycat Doll singer has been unveiled as the final stand-in for pregnant judge Dannii Minogue when the auditions hit Manchester.
It could prove to be fireworks as her co-judge Cheryl Cole famously slagged off the American, 32, in an interview four years ago.
She laid into the Pussycat Dolls – famous for the hit Don’t Cha – suggesting some of them couldn’t sing. And Cheryl rapped Nicole, saying: “I don’t think she stands out at all.” She added that Nicole – girlfriend of F1 race ace Lewis Hamilton – was nowhere near as good as chart-toppers Beyonce or Christina Aguilera.
An X Factor source said: “We like to mix it up a bit on the panel as it can create some tension. Hopefully there won’t be any scratching or hair pulling by Cheryl and Nicole.”
The pair also have hunky dancer Derek Hough in common. Cheryl just had a holiday with him and Nicole won the US version of Strictly Come Dancing with Derek.