Nicole Scherzinger doesn't think The X Factor 2016 judging panel is too OLD

This year's line-up is the oldest ever with an average age of 55

Nicole Scherzinger (X Factor 2017)

Nicole Scherzinger has brushed off concerns that The X Factor 2016 judging panel is too OLD.

Last year's series of the ITV talent contest had its youngest panel ever, with an average age of 36 thanks to the additions of Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and popstar Rita Ora.

However, this year's line-up is the opposite, with the returns of Nicole and originals Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne bringing the average up to a record high of 55.

But that doesn't bother the 'Don't Hold Your Breath' singer, who thinks the judges will be as shamazing as ever!

"Look how glorious we all look! I don’t think the panel is too old, I mean, you have me and I’m sch-amaze to the balls!" she joked.

"Simon [Cowell] invented this, Mrs O is the queen of rock and roll and Lou Lou has been doing this forever."

Nicole added that older judges bring "experience" that younger ones might lack.

"I think it’s hard when you’re trying to make a new start and discover things, just blossoming and haven’t experienced life yourself," she said.

"You’re still trying to figure it out - so how are you going to mentor someone else who hasn’t even gone through life enough?"

It seems the majority of viewers aren't too bothered about how old the judges are, as Simon has revealed that feedback on Twitter helped him decide who to hire for the new series.

"I just didn’t realise how much the viewers missed everyone," he said. "The good thing about having a Twitter account is they tell you what they think."

The X Factor returns this Saturday and Sunday at 8.00pm on ITV.

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