X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow 'backs Mel B to become new judge'

Gary Barlow

X Factor 2012 judge Gary Barlow has reportedly backed Mel B to join the panel full time.

Show sources claim that Take That star Gary has told producers that he thinks the former Spice Girl is "great".

Mel has been on the panel for the past three days as auditions take place at Manchester's EventCity Arena.

A show source says: "The other judges have loved working with Mel and Gary has said to producers that he thinks she is great.

"She has been really fiery and has strong opinions."

Of course, he said the same thing about Geri, so we're not too sure if he means it!

But the insider claimed that Mel had also gone down well with the other judges.

Speaking to the DigitalSpy, the supposed source added: "Tulisa and Louis have also got along really well with Mel backstage. Tulisa and Mel are always giggling together."

Despite the praise, bosses are still planning on hiring more guest judges to give them a try out on the show.

We reported this morning that Anastacia will be the X Factor guest judge in Glasgow when try outs move to Scotland next week.

Check out pictures of Gary and Mel in Manchester below...

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