The ex-Pussycat Dolls singer joined the panel permanently halfway through auditions earlier this year, and confessed it took a bit of time for the other judges to adjust.
"It took her a second to warm to me, because we didn’t know each other," Nicole said this week.
Speaking from Dubai, where Nicole was filming her judges' houses section of the show, Nicole went on: "When we got to sit down and share some wine together and talk and see each other as humans and tell each other about our backgrounds and stories and own lives, we really related to one another."
However it seems that Nicole couldn't help herself but offer Tulisa some advice to become more confident on stage as a solo performer.
"She’s used to being with two guys on stage. Now she’s solo which is great, and I’ve been through that," Nicole boasted. “The one place I feel more comfortable than anywhere else is on stage."
She revealed: "So I said ‘I’ll help you with that’."
After Tulisa's annoyance with Kelly's advice last year we're not too sure that's a brilliant idea...