Tulisa Contostavlos has said that she loved being on the X Factor judging panel with Mel B.
Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora also feature as guest judges this year, but Tulisa felt Scary Spice was her favourite
She said: "The person who reminds me a bit of myself, and in that sense I really get along with, is Mel B.
"She's a real tough cookie just like me, I find it hard to be really cut-throat with people so when you have someone like Mel around it's great because she just says it exactly how it is and doesn't cut any corners".
Mel, who features on Australian X Factor, joins the show for the auditions in Manchester.
N-Dubz star Tulisa accompanied fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh at the launch of the new series.
Tulisa added that it felt a little easier being on the panel second time around, having won last year's series with the girl-group Little Mix.
The new series begins on Saturday.
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