Speaking about her rather harsh and often brutal judging style, Mel admitted: “I’m a very honest person and say what I feel. I thoroughly enjoyed being a Judge.
“Before The Spice Girls, I used to attend up to six auditions a week. I know what it feels like to be rejected. You’re not doing anyone any favours by lying to them about being talented if they’re not. I don’t sugar-coat stuff.”
In an interview with the ITV1 official X Factor website, Mel named Lucy Spraggan as her favourite contestant from this year’s auditions.
She raved: “I didn’t want her performance to end. I could have listened to her for hours. Nicola Marie was fun – those splits were incredible.”
Meanwhile on her fellow judges Mel revealed that Louis is a bit of a prankster bheind the scenes while Gary reminds her of Victoria Beckham!
“Louis is lovely. He’s always pranking people backstage. We spent a lot of time teasing him about his hair. Gary’s brilliant; he was really serious at first but I livened him up. He’s got a very dry sense of humour, he reminds me of Victoria in that respect,” Mel explained.
She added: “I got on like a house on fire with Tulisa. She’s really down to earth and you know where you stand with her. Tulisa also has a very sweet side to her.”