X Factor 2012: Simon Cowell 'hired Nicole Scherzinger as his spy'!

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor 2012)

Simon Cowell reportedly hired Nicole Scherzinger for The X Factor 2012 to work as his 'spy'!

Nicole joined the Tulisa, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh on the panel this year after bosses 'auditioned' various other stars as guest judges.

According to Now magazine, Simon has told Nicole to "keep an eye" on the other judges and report back to him with ways to improve the show.

If the latest viewing figures are anything to go by, she's not doing that well.

A supposed show source told the magazine: "Nicole's been confiding in her team that Simon wants her to be his eyes and ear.

"He'll be asking her for the lowdown on how the judges are performing because he wants it to be the best series yet."

However it seems that the other judges are not too pleased with Nicole trying to change things in her first year.

The source added: "Tulisa feels she gave the series an edge last year when Kelly Rowland didn't live up to expectations, but it's a different ball game now."

Meanwhile, the insider predicted drama when it comes to [cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows in October.

"Tulisa's down-to-earth and her dressing room's open to all," the insider reports "But Nicole's a diva.

"At the auditions she had extra security and her dressing room was in lockdown. Clearly they won't be best pals."

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