We love birthdays on The X Factor and this year's panel looks set to keep up the tradition of wacky presents from the judges. In past years we've seen 'I Love Simon' shirts, face cake and dancing dwarfs - but this year new judges Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland went one better.
The cheeky pair teamed up with returning judge Louis Walsh to hire a half naked butler to obey birthday girl Tulisa Contostavlos' every whim and demand.
Dressed in little else than a stylish dickie-bow, boxer shorts and apron, hunky Sam spent the day following around Tulisa as a surprise birthday present from the other judges. The buff beauty was reportedly told by Gary: “Don’t leave Tulisa’s side, and cater for her every need.”
He started off the day by joining the audience in a celebratory 'Happy Birthday To You' performance for Tulisa as she entered Liverpool's Echo Arena yesterday. “Tulisa saw the funny side completely and laughed along with it all," an audience member said.
Another told us: "It was great atmosphere in the arena, you could see that Tulisa was loving all the attention on her! She was having a laugh the whole day but seemed to be distracted by Sam's body, and I don't blame her!"
Tulisa kicked off her birthday in the hotel bar the night before yesterday's auditions, enjoying drinks and cake with her new X Factor pals - including the show's very own hunk Dermot O'Leary.
The real celebrations are being saved until the weekend however, with a source revealing: "Tulisa’s having a big knees-up for her 23rd birthday at London’s Merah club on July 16, and all the X Factor judges, cast and crew will be in attendance. As will Cheryl [Cole]."
Tulisa will be back in Liverpool with the panel today and we hope she won't have let the celebrations gone on for too long last night!