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Judge Tulisa makes X Factor vow

Tulisa Contostavlos has vowed to stand up for herself and "have a go" if anyone on The X Factor is rude to her.

The N-Dubz singer, who has joined Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Kelly Rowland on the judging panel on the hit ITV1 show, told Top Of The Pops magazine she was not worried about the audience liking her.

She said: "I've never lost my temper. I might stick up for myself and I'll be firm with people but I won't lose it. If someone says something rude to me, then yeah, I'll have a go at them. I'll have a go at anyone who's rude to me, I don't care who it is. To be honest people have a go at me so often I don't remember half the times I've had to stick up for myself."

Tulisa is one of the three new judges who have replaced Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell, who is busy with his US version of the show.

She said she has struck up a "rather strange" relationship with Louis.

She said: "It's a strange relationship - kind of like a father/daughter relationship, but we're best friends, so it's quite funny.

"I don't think there's any way to describe it properly because the chemistry is rather strange."

The show starts on ITV1 at 8pm on Saturday.

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