X Factor 2012: Nicole insists there's no rivalry with Tulisa

Nicole Scherzinger

X Factor 2012 judge Nicole Scherzinger has insisted that there's no rivalry between her and Tulisa.

Speaking to journalists this morning with her three acts - Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Rylan Clark - Nicole said she was excited for the live shows to begin on Saturday.

Discussing the supposed 'fashion battles; between her and Tulisa, Nicole commented: "I don't think there's ever any rivalry between us. She's got her own style, I've got my own style and I'm really looking forward to dressing up.

"I love fashion as well, so I'll be showing off in that way. I can't express myself on a stage, so I'll express myself in what I'm wearing."

The former X Factor USA judge also revealed how this year's acts were spoiled compared to when she was in a reality show herself.

"When I started out on my Popstars show, I worked so hard. I was talking to them, asking, 'Are you okay? What are they doing with you? Is it too gruelling?' And then they said to me, 'Oh, we're off for an exfoliation tomorrow'. What?! They get the spa treatment 24/7. Jahmene has brand new McQueens on. Dang!" the US singer reacted.

And Nicole confessed that viewers should expect tears from her when the eliminations begin.

"Anyone who saw me in the US, will have seen that it's really hard for me to let people go," she said. "I'm an artist first and a judge second."

She continued: "I'm very empathetic to how they're feeling and I don't want to let them go. It breaks my heart to see them leave and it's the hardest part of the competition."

[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows start this Saturday night on ITV1, with the results show following on Sunday night with guest performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

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