Brought in to cover Dannii Minogue's maternity leave and Cheryl Cole's bout of malaria, Nicole Scherzinger has been a hit with the X Factor faithful.
They can't get enough of the American singer's sizzling outfits and sympathetic manner.
But while Lewis Hamilton's girl would be open to appearing on another series of the talent show, she has no plans to edge anyone off the panel of judges.
Addressing speculation she covets the Geordie lass's job, the Pussycat Doll said: "Oh my God, Cheryl's, like, the UK's darling."
"I don't know her personally, but I think she's just lovely at what she does on the show and how people connect with her and her story."
"As for filling her shoes, I would never try to do that because those are big shoes to fill.
"I think in any situation anyone should go into, they should come into it confidently with a positive attitude and be themselves and do their own thing.
"So that's what I tried to do."