New X Factor judge Tulisa Constoavlos has said she is more than happy to be compared to her predecessor Cheryl Cole, saying that any comparison between the pair is a compliment to her. Speaking to The People today, Tulisa added she was "scared" ahead of her debut on the show.
The N-Dubz star will make her first appearance on the show alongside fellow new judges Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow next month when the hit reality series returns to ITV1.
"I am pretty scared about the televised auditions. But I’m just going to be myself. People can like me or not," Tulisa said.
The 23-year-old praised Geordie singer Cheryl Cole for her council flat background, saying it means she's complimented when people compared the pair.
She said: “Cheryl is being very supportive. I was at her birthday and she said to me ‘Anything you need, call me. I am here for you’.
“Any comparison between us two is a compliment. We are both council flat girls. We have made it, having f*** all.”
Tulisa had previously revealed that Cheryl had been "lovely" to her, even sending flowers ahead of the first audition show last month. "She’s always been someone I’ve admired because she came from the same background and, regardless of it being Newcastle, we’re two people who have come from nothing," Tulisa added.
The X Factor starts next month on ITV1.