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Judges clash as X Factor returns

Sparks fly between X Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell when he brands her a "brat" in the new series, which starts on Saturday.

At one point Cowell even puts out a saucer of milk for his "catty" colleague.

After Cole tells one disappointed group they should consider a career in children's television, Cowell sarcastically demands: "Have we got any cream?".

When he catches her pulling faces at him, he tells her: "You're a childish little brat."

The pair also exchange words backstage and Cole admits she is missing Dannii Minogue after she is left on the judge's panel in London with Cowell and Louis Walsh.

Guest judge Geri Halliwell steps in for Minogue on the Glasgow show and makes quite an impression. The mouthy former Spice Girl leaves her fellow judges lost for words as they struggle to get a word in edgeways.

The show returns for its seventh series with its trademark mixture of the tone-deaf, the talented and a host of sob stories.

But it was Halliwell who caught the eye of show bosses, who compiled a montage of her breathless opinions for the first episode which was screened at the launch of the show which aims to find a star to follow names such as Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry.

Judging by the reaction of her fellow judges, the constant references to her time in the Spice Girls and off-the-cuff advice to contestants about their "tone" soon wore thin.

At one point Walsh moans to the cameras that "Geri talks and she talks - some of it makes sense, not all of it".

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