Mel B to join X Factor judges' houses
Mel B will help Simon Cowell determine who will progress to the singing contest's live shows.
Spice Girls star Mel B is to join X Factor boss Simon Cowell for the Judges' Houses segment of the U.K. TV singing contest.
The 41-year-old star has a history of working with Simon as she is currently on judging duty alongside the music and TV impresario on America's Got Talent, and was a fully fledged judge on the X Factor's 2014 edition.
Simon is apparently so taken with Mel's judging abilities that he wants her to have a role on The X Factor as a guest judge, helping him choose who will go through to face a judging panel of Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and himself.
"Simon and Mel get on really well and he loves that she is outspoken and says what she really thinks," a show insider tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
"She won't hold her opinions when they film his Judges' Houses stage and that is exactly what he wants."
The thirteenth series of The X Factor began last month (Aug16), with the auditions stage concluding last Sunday (11Sep16).
X Factor hopefuls will undertake the show's six-chair challenge section this weekend (17-18Sep16) before the final Judges' Houses round decides who will move forward to the prestigious live shows.
Mel, full name Melanie Brown, will replace One Direction star Louis Tomlinson as Simon's right-hand man during the Judges' Houses section.
As well as appearing on the show Mel is currently trying to organise a reunion with her former Spice Girls bandmates Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton.
The singer turned TV judge has been working with Geri and Emma on new music ahead of a possible live tour, but Victoria and the other Mel are less keen on reuniting.
"The other two b**ches didn’t want to do it!" she told U.S. chat show host James Corden. "No, let me correct that. My other two fellow lovely ladies… Victoria’s busy with her great fashion line, Mel C is doing her own album, and so they graciously said, ‘You three go ahead and do it!"
The X Factor continues on Saturday (17Sep16), with the live shows beginning next month (Oct16).
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