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X Factor 2017 judges clash over their categories

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The X Factor judges Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger clashed over this year's categories.

Sharon has confessed there was conflict on this year's series because Nicole wanted her category.

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Sharon explained: "There's always conflict - that's what's so exiting you can't all smile all the time.

"My conflict is that Nicole wanted my category - and I'm so happy."

X Factor spoilers! Judges' categories REVEALED HERE!

X Factor 2017 judges
X Factor 2017 judges

Meanwhile, in a chat with HELLO! magazine (via The List), Nicole went on say she thinks this year's winner is being mentored by someone else.

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She explained: "It's interesting because I have a feeling about somebody who is going to win - but they're not in my category.

"I'm upset because [the producers] were going to give me a category and I said, 'No, I want this one instead'. I got what I wanted but I really should have had what they were going to give me.

"But that's OK. It will work out. Everything happens for a reason."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Simon Cowell said clashes between the judges were good for the contestants.

He said: "I have huge respect for these three even though we do fight. It has to work for us and it has to work for the contestants.

"And the most important thing on the show is you must have trust from the contestant.

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"If they don't trust you then you've got a big long term problem."

Simon, Sharon, Nicole and Louis Walsh are all back on The X Factor panel for this year's 14th series.

But while the judges remain the same, there's set to be a whole lot of brand new changes.

Simon Cowell X Factor 2017
Simon Cowell X Factor 2017

Simon explained: "When you’ve done it for 14 years you can’t keep making the same show every year. I think you have to realise what the contestants are in it for, why do so many people enter?

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"I think if you just make the same show each year it becomes boring and predictable. So you try and make changes for the better, not everything works but some ideas we’ve got for the live shows are going to be good."

The X Factor 2017 airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV at 8PM.