Tulisa Contostavlos insists The X Factor 2011 will be "all about music"

Tulisa Contostavlos 2011

The X Factor 2011's Tulisa Contostavlos has suggested that the new look panel have been getting rid of novelty acts on the show, insisting that this year's programme will be "all about music." Speaking ahead of Saturday's X Factor launch, Tulisa added she was loving the ability to change people's lives!

Tulisa said: "It's a job I've always wanted to do.

"I love the fact we're changing people's lives. I love that it's all about music, and I can put the knowledge I've learnt good use.

Meanwhile the usually feisty N-Dubz singer - who joins this year's show alongside Take That star Gary Barlow and Destiny's Child legend Kelly Rowland - admitted she had to tone down her honesty for some of the more "dedicate acts" at the auditions.

"I'd like to think I'm perceptive to people's emotions," Tulisa revealed. "If I think they can handle the truth then I'll give it to them. If not I'll be more subtle.

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"It is hard with the more delicate acts though. You have to let them down gently, especially considering the courage it takes get on that stage in the first place."

And describing what she was looking for in this year's contestants, Tulisa explained: "Three simple qualities: Talent, likeability and ambition. Someone that stands out from the crowd!"

But asked which of the four categories - Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups - she wanted to mentor, the often mouthy singer was uncharacteristically quiet, playing her cards close to her chest.

"I don't want the other judges to know who I want as they might try and grab them!" she claimed.

Finally the songstress said if she were to audition for the show, she'd write her own song: "I'd probably write my own to show I as a writer as well a an artist."

The X Factor 2011 starts on August 20.

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