New X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has confessed to being “petrified” that viewers are going to hate her when she debuts on the show next month. Speaking to the Daily Star, Tulisa admitted to being worried people will think "Who’s that chav? Why did she get the job?"
The 22-year-old joins the show this year alongside fellow new judges Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland. The trio will join the show's only returning judge Louis Walsh for the new series which is expected to premiere on August 20.
Although Tulisa has showed little nerves during the auditions so far, telling one hopeful their vocals were "disgraceful", the youngster today admitted to getting cold feet about the debut of the series this summer.
“I’m scared and nervous about the whole thing," she said. "I want to know where I stand and how I’m perceived but until the shows are on air I won’t know.
“If people hate me I want to know sooner so I can get on with it. But obviously I’d prefer them to like me. I don’t act scared but it’s all front."
Tulisa has been a controversial choice on the show, with crowds at one show booing her and chanting for Cheryl's return.
Tulisa continued: “Inside I’m still worried that everyone will be watching and thinking: ‘Who’s that chav? Why did she get the job?’
“I really have to prove myself now and show that I can find talent.”
The X Factor 2011 returns this summer on ITV1.