Nicole Scherzinger says she can "relate" to Cheryl Cole as an X Factor judge

Nicole Scherzinger

New X Factor USA panellist Nicole Scherzinger has had nothing but good words to say about Cheryl Cole this week, saying she can relate to the Girls Aloud star as an X Factor judge. Speaking to InStyle magazine, Nicole said the pair were very similar.

Nicole took over from Cheryl on The X Factor USA last month after Chezza was given the boot by American telly bosses at FOX who felt she wasn't working on the show as planned.

Speaking about her predecessor, Nicole said: “She’s lovely. We really relate – we both find it very hard to say no to the contestants; we both go at it from the same place; we both give heartfelt and constructive criticism.”

Meanwhile the glamour star confessed she grew up as a "geek" while in school, telling the magazine: “I was a geek in high school. I only got rid of my glasses when I joined the [Pussycat] Dolls.”

With The X Factor USA auditions now over, it's just a wait until the show airs in September.

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