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Tulisa shows off X Factor look

Tulisa Contostavlos has shown off a striking new look for the new series of The X Factor, which she credits to her "glam squad".

The N-Dubz singer attracted comparisons to Cheryl Cole by posing in a grey body-con dress, having styled her long dark hair in a similar way to the former judge.

Tulisa admitted she was more at home in a tracksuit but said she had enlisted the help of professionals to put together her look.

She said: "I'm lucky to have a 'glam squad' of hairdressers, make-up artists and stylists who help with red carpet events. Once you've factored in hair straighteners and false lashes, it usually takes two hours."

The singer said she'd be bringing "honesty and fire" to the panel, which this year also includes Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow and old-timer Louis Walsh.

And she's had a few words of advice from show supremo Simon Cowell.

"He told me to be myself. I approached meeting him as I would a battle - I was determined to win him over and impress - thankfully I succeeded," she said.

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