Asked whether they felt under pressure from other talent shows, the panelists insisted that there was a place for everything on Saturday nights.
"I think it’s wonderful all these other shows are successful," new judge [tag]Nicole Scherzinger[/tag] said. "It just shows that the UK has an appetite for these talent competition shows."
And in a dig at The Voice, she added: "The X Factor is different as we’re not just about finding a great voice, but that special Sparkle Factor too."
Tulisa added: "There’s room for everyone on Saturday nights!"
Meanwhile [tag]Gary Barlow[/tag] said that any pressure on The X Factor to impress this year had been "dealt with" after some fabulous auditions.
He commented: "I think if there was any pressure it’s been dealt with as the talent we have seen this year has been unbelievable."
We'll be the judge of that!
The X Factor airs on ITV1 from Saturday night.
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