"Ballsy" Tulisa Contostavlos is nothing like Cheryl Cole, says her dad.

Tulisa Contostavlos

The dad of new X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said that the singer is "nothing like" Cheryl Cole, but will rather be a "ballsy" judge like Simon Cowell. Speaking to The Mirror today, Tulisa's dad also revealed that his daughter "adored" the Girls Aloud singer.

Tulisa - real name Tula ­Paulina Constostavlos - joined the reality show last week alongside Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow. The trio joined the only returning judge Louis Walsh when auditions started in Birmimgham on Wednesday.

"I speak to her every day," Tulisa's dad tells the newspaper. “With her X ­Factor job we have a lot to talk about. She is a huge ­­fan of former judge Cheryl Cole. Tula absolutely adores Cheryl and was as upset as anyone after hearing she was no longer on the X Factor in America.

“She told me that Cheryl even found time to send her a bunch of flowers to say well done. She was really touched and thinks Cheryl is very gracious.

“People think she is going to be the new Cheryl. But she is nothing like her. Tulisa is ballsy like Simon. She will tell the singers how it is...”

The X Factor 2011 auditions continue on Monday in Glasgow.

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