New X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has described The X Factor as her "dream job", saying: "I'm fulfilling my dream". Speaking about her new role on the show, Tulisa told new! magazine that Simon Cowell had even been in touch to give her advice.
The N-Dubz star joined the show at the end of last month along with Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow and remaining judge Louis Walsh. The new panel have already completed half of this year's audition shows and continue in Cardiff on June 29.
Tulisa revealed she was "scared" about taking on the challenge, explaining: "You're putting yourself out to the nation to be judged by everyone."
But the 22-year-old singer added: "I guess being in a band like N-Dubz, we're kind of very Marminte - you either love us or hate us and we tend not care what people think."
Fortunately for Tulisa, reaction to the new panel has been overwhelmingly positive, prompting the youngster to gush: "I'm really excited. This is my dream job and I'm fulfilling my dream."
She continued: "I had a really good conversation with [Simon Cowell] when I met up with him, and his biggest pieces of advice was just to be myself - which, for me, is the easiest thing in the world. I people said I was given a warning not to swear by the producers. But that's not the case - I know how to behave."
Meanwhile Tulisa said there weren't any plans whether she or N-Dubz would perform on the live finals like former judge Cheryl Cole. "Probably once the auditions have ended we'll decide what we're going to go, around the time the live finals are on," she said.