XFactor 2012 judges: Nicole Scherzinger sees herself as the new Simon Cowell

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor 2012)

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger fancies herself as the new Simon Cowell, and has told Gary Barlow to bring it!

The former Pussycat Doll singer has said she'll be going all out to fight for her acts in the coming weeks, and won't back down.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday today, Nicole declared: "Bring it on, Gary Bore-low, bring it on. I love putting him in his place."

The wacky American star explained: “He’s stepped up to one tough cookie and he has met his match, that’s for sure.

“When I have to be, I can be a ball crusher. I didn’t ask to be in Gary and Simon’s old seat.

“At first I was like, ‘Please don’t put me on the end’. But now I am loving it and living it.”

Nicole is the only remaining judge with all three acts - Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Rylan Clark - and she's not shy about boasting about it.

She added to the tabloid this morning: “I’m the only judge left with three contestants.

“All I can do is put my best into the ­competition each week, help to fulfill their dreams and bring the best out of them.”

The X Factor continues with its live shows this evening, which will feature performances from Rita Ora and No Doubt, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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