Tulisa: I don't want to be like Cheryl

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 July 2011
Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos insists she has no desire to be like her 'X Factor' predecessor Cheryl Cole as although she respects her, she wants to be her own person

Tulisa Contostavlos insists she has no desire to be like her 'X Factor' predecessor Cheryl Cole.

The N-Dubz star has taken over from the Girls Aloud beauty on the judging panel of the ITV1 show and while comparisons have been made between the pair, Tulisa claims she's not trying to emulate her.

Writing on her twitter page, she said: "I am my own woman,I do not wana b sum1 else & neva could.I've got so much respect 4 cheryl & really like her,but I do not want 2 b her. (sic)"

However, Tulisa - who was one of the guests at Cheryl's 28th birthday party in London last month - is a huge fan of the 28-year-old star and can relate to her because they both came from working class backgrounds.

She added: "It doesnt bother me shes a lovely girl & shes inspiring cus we both came from nothin 2 somethin,not feeling the title 'loves bein compared'. (sic)"

Tulisa recently revealed how Cheryl - who quit the show to become a judge on the US version before being axed in favour of Nicole Scherzinger - has offered her help and advice about being on the programme.

The 23-year-old star - who is joined on the 'X Factor' judging panel by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh - said: "She's been lovely. She's always been someone I've admired because she came from the same background and, regardless of it being Newcastle, we're two people who have come from nothing.

"She told me that if I ever do need advice, let her know and she's here for me so that was really nice of her."


Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.

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