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Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the X Factor launch

Nicole Scherzinger arrives at the X Factor launch. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Nicole Scherzinger was the first judge to arrive and walk the red carpet ahead of the X Factor launch in Mayfair in central London this afternoon.

Wearing a strapless navy jumpsuit Nicole looked happy and relaxed as she faced the press.

Nicole Scherzinger faces the press as she arrives at the X Factor launch. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

X Factor auditions are 'so intimidating it's fabulous'

Sharon Osbourne has spoken about how thrilling it has been for the X Factor to return to the traditional closed auditions. This year hopefuls sang directly in front of the four judges in a small room with no audience.

As the judges prepare for the official launch of this year's competition Sharon told Daybreak: "There is nowhere for these contestants to go, once they're there in that small room with us, it's so intimidating - that's what's so fabulous about it."

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Scherzinger is 'open' to another X Factor offer

Singer and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger spoke to Daybreak about life as an X Factor judge.

She said: "I'm a little crazy and a little bonkers, but you are all as well over here, so it works well."

The singer told presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones that she still kept in touch with the boys she mentored in the last series, "we're a family," she said.

Speaking about the show, she said she has not been asked back for the next series, but she would be open to any offers.

James Arthur: Overwhelmed by the support

James Arthur signs autographs for fans in Middlesbrough Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

X Factor's James Arthur has been showing his mentor Nicole Scherzinger the delights of his home town of Middlesbrough.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Victoria pub in Saltburn, Cleveland to wish him well.

ITV Tyne Tees was there when James arrived.

Nicole Scherzinger accompanied the X factor finalist Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The former pussy cat doll will perform with James at his home coming gig later this evening Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Nicole Scherzinger named as X Factor judge

Nicole Scherzinger will join the judging panel on the new series of ITV1's The X Factor.

Nicole Scherzinger will join ITV1's The X Factor. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer will join Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos on the talent show in a reported £750,000 deal.

The former Pussycat Dolls star - who is dating Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton - replaced Cheryl Cole on the US version of the show after the Girls Aloud singer was dropped from the panel last year.