17/06/2016 08:17 BST

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

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

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 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’.

An ‘X Factor’ “insider” tells The Sun: This is a diary clash that Nicole had booked in before she agreed to do ‘X Factor’ and couldn’t change.

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