Nicole Scherzinger joins X Factor 2012 for Newcastle auditions

Nicole Scherzinger with the X Factor judges

Nicole Scherzinger will join The X Factor 2012 today as a new permanent judge, as auditions continue in Newcastle.

It's the penultimate stop for the auditions tour, before they move to Cardiff next week.

It'll be Nicole's first time at auditions as the new judge, after being officially announced on Friday by X Factor bosses.

“I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family," Nicole said. "It's where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle."

She added: "I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”

Meanwhile X Factor host Dermot was confident in the new appointment to the panel.

The hunky host said: "We start with Nicole on Monday in Newcastle

“The great thing about Nicole is that she gets us, which is lovely. A lot of Americans, there’s not much cross over sometimes, but she’s brilliant.”

Browse pictures of Nicole on the X Factor panel back in London below...

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