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'X Factor' Judge Sharon Osbourne Says She 'Can't' Deal With Any More Novelty Acts, After Mentoring Honey G

She doesn't want to be lumbered with any 'three-legged horses' this year.

29/08/2017 11:59 BST | Updated 29/08/2017 14:57 BST

Almost a year after being responsible for pushing Honey G upon the nation, Sharon Osbourne has said that she’s done with novelty acts on the new series of ‘The X Factor’.

Sharon mentored controversial novelty rapper Honey G during last year’s series, choosing her as one of three acts to make it through to the live shows, where she eventually finished in fifth place.

However, after a huge backlash from followers of the show, Sharon has said she’s feeling much “tougher” when it comes to novelty acts, mainly to protect her own reputation as an industry expert.

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Sharon Osbourne

She said: “It’s everyone’s reputation on the line when you are sat there.

“When you’re backing someone, like backing a three legged horse, it’s your reputation up there too at the end of the day.

“I’ve done my fair share of extreme characters, I just can’t do it again.”

Despite not even making it through to last year’s semi-final, Honey G was given the opportunity to perform as a guest during the grand finale, and even signed a record contract with Simon Cowell.

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Honey G and Sharon Osbourne

Her track, ‘The Honey G Show’, failed to crack the top 100, though, and she was then dropped by Syco after just one single.

Honey G’s time on ‘The X Factor’ was controversial not just because of the public’s perception of her as a novelty act, but also accusations of cultural appropriation - a suggestion which she brushed off on a number of occasions, even implying at one point that she was being discriminated against as a white woman with aspirations of becoming a big rapper.

‘The X Factor’ returns to our screens on Saturday (2 September) at 8pm on ITV.

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