X Factor judge Dannii Minogue called in some heavyweight help to ensure she stays one step ahead of the competition on the TV talent search – her sister Kylie.
The Spinning Around singer has been giving her advice as she picks the three acts to mentor in the all-important live finals.
A source said: "Dannii realised once again that it's a competition between the judges as much as it is between the competitors.
"She knows she's going to need the best team behind her."
Kylie and Dannii's choices will be revealed in next weekend's show
Last year Alexandra Burke, the soul songstress mentored by newcomer, Cheryl Cole took the crown.
Dannii takes the results very much to heart and has been to known to shed a few tears when one of her acts doesn't get through.
Yet with her sister besides her in the glitzy surroundings of an exclusive hotel in Dubai, the location for their selection process, the Aussie star seemed to be having a real giggle.
The siblings' choices will be revealed during next weekend's programme – ahead of the live shows next month.