X Factor 2016 judges Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne 'at war backstage'

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Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are said to be at loggerheads behind the scenes of The X Factor.

In what feels like a constantly rehashed story about female judges on the show, Now magazine claim that Nicole and Sharon aren't getting along.

It seems unlikely given they appeared more than happy together back when they were on the show in 2013, but a supposed 'source' says they've been 'bitching about one another' during auditions.

"The atmosphere was really intense," the insider said of one moment in filming. "There was a lot of eye rolling from both sides."

The source also alleges that Sharon is unhappy that Nicole is rumoured to be getting paid more than her to be sat at the same judges' desk.

They said: "Sharon thinks Nicole doesn’t have the credentials she has. It’s annoyed Sharon that she’s getting paid less when she believes she’s the star of the show."

It's not just Nicole that Sharon supposedly has a problem with, as another source claims that she's also still not on complete talking terms with Simon Cowell either.

"Sharon’s wary of Simon, but she knows he needs her, so she’s pushing him to the limit," they said.

Away from dubious anonymous sources, X Factor host Dermot O'Leary paints a very different picture of the panel.

Having reunited with Simon, Nicole, Sharon and Louis Walsh, he said this week: "It definitely feels very warm now. Now it feels very old school with Louis, Sharon and Nicole coming back.

“We have had a really fun time. It’s been a laugh.”

The X Factor will air on ITV later this year.

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