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'The X Factor' 2016: Mel B Returns To Judging Panel, As Nicole Scherzinger Misses Auditions

As if auditioning wasn't 'scary' enough...

17/06/2016 08:17

Mel B is to return as a judge on ‘The X Factor’, it has been confirmed.

However, Spice Girls fans hoping the new series will be getting a lot more zig-ah-zig-ah shouldn’t get too excited, as she’s only filling in for Nicole Scherzinger at Friday’s auditions (17 June) while she honours a prior commitment.

We’re guessing this “prior commitment” isn’t in any way related to Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Mel B

Mel was previously a judge on ‘The X Factor’ for one series in 2014, mentoring finalist Andrea Faustini.

She’s since appeared alongside Simon Cowell on the judging panel of ‘America’s Got Talent’.

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Mel B and Simon Cowell pose with fellow 'AGT' judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum

We don’t envy Friday’s batch of hopefuls, having to perform in front of the always-honest Mel B and Sharon Osbourne, who has already assured viewers that she’s taking no prison with her return to the show.

Prior to her return to the ‘X Factor’ panel, Mel B hit the headlines earlier this year over claims she was planning a special project with her former bandmates Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell.

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'X Factor' Judges Through The Years

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