23/09/2012 07:29 BST

Is Nicole Scherzinger Planning London Move?

Nicole Scherzinger must think London has the X Factor - she is looking to buy a property in the city.

The new judge is apparently looking to buy a pad in the plush Regent's Park area of the capital so she can be closer to her long-term boyfriend Lewis Hamilton.

A source told The Sunday People: "Nicole decided to look for a house soon after she began working on the X Factor.

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Scherzinger is apparently quite taken with Regent's Park

"She loves London and wants a home here. It's much nearer to Lewis, who has a home in Monaco. It means she will be able to spend much more time with him."

In the past the couple have spoken about how living so far apart has made their relationship difficult, and have split a number of times before making up soon after.

She will split her time between her new London pad and her property in Los Angeles.

Nicole's plan to move could also signal she is already thinking of signing up to judge the next series of X Factor.

She joined the judging panel on the UK version of the show after a year-long stint in the US, when she was drafted in last minute to replace Cheryl Cole.