X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow splits up 'feuding' Tulisa and Nicole

X Factor 2012 judges

X Factor 2012 judge has moved spots on the live shows to sit between Tulisa and Nicole, amid rumours that the pair have been struggling to get along.

Gary's position at the far right of the panel to us viewers has been a staple since he joined the show, but last night at the show's first recording in the live studio, he was moved between the two girls.

The judges were watching a pre-recorded performance from Taylor Swift, who was performing her new single for a small crowd.

The performance will air during next Sunday's second results show, but it still saw all four judges take their spots on the panel.

A show insider recently told the Mail on Sunday that Tulisa 'can't stand' Nicole and that the pair are 'already rubbing each other up the wrong way'.

A supposed source added: "Tulisa thinks Nicole hogs the limelight, singing and getting to her feet during auditions. It really aggravates Tulisa. And Nicole fawns over Gary Barlow, getting really touchy feely with him at every opportunity."

Nicole previously denied any such arguments, but did confess they did have an 'awkward' start.

"I think it took her a second to warm to me, because we didn't know each other," Nicole told The Sun. "When we got to sit down and share some wine together [we began to] talk and see each other as humans. [We told] each other about our backgrounds and stories and own lives [and then] we really related to one another.

"We're both fighters and survivors. We're tough cookies underneath it all. We just show it in different ways."

One audience member in the studio last night told us: "The girls rarely spoke all night, it was clear that it was Team Nicole and Gary against Team Tulisa and Louis."

[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows start at 8PM tonight on ITV1. The first elimination will take place on Sunday night's live show, which will also feature performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

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