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Diana Vickers on new X Factor panel

Diana Vickers has said she would have embraced the new guest judges on The X Factor.

The likes of Pixie Lott, Katy Perry, Geri Halliwell and Nicole Scherzinger took to the judging panel alongside Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell for the new series, as Dannii Minogue took time out to have her baby and Diana's former mentor Cheryl Cole recovered from malaria.

"I think it's good. It might have made me less nervous, actually," Diana said in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge at V Festival. "When all four of them are lined up in front of you, it's so intense and you're like 'wow, this is X Factor'."

She added: "I'd have loved it though. I love Katy Perry!"

But she said it may also be a disadvantage to some of the new hopefuls.

"It's a new approach but I think some people might feel not as comfortable," she said.

Meanwhile, Pixie admitted she found being on the judging panel "weird".

Also speaking at V, she said: "I'm used to seeing myself sing but this time I'll be judging, which is a completely new experience for me because usually I'm on the other side you know, singing for judges and stuff. So it is weird but it was cool, it was so fun. I really, really enjoyed it."

She also said she was a big fan of the show anyway.

"My favourite part is the beginning with the early auditionees because they are hilarious and crazy and funny and yeah, I think that's the best part for me," she said.

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