Tulisa Contostavlos: I wish I'd decked mouthy contestant
Tulisa Contostavlos would have decked mouthy contestant George Gerasimou - who branded her a ''scumbag'' - if she wasn't an 'X Factor' judge.
Tulisa Contostavlos would have decked a mouthy contestant if she wasn't an 'X Factor' judge.
The N-Dubz singer - who is joined on the panel of the ITV1 show by Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland - was subjected to a tirade of abuse by wannabe George Gerasimou during the London auditions, and admits she would have retaliated had it been 10 years ago.
Asked why she didn't "smash" the 19-year-old hopeful in the face when he branded her a "scumbag", Tulisa replied: "Well, if it was 10 years ago I would have, but I'm an 'X Factor' judge now and I'm not allowed to do things like that."
George - who performed an ill-fated audition for 'The X Factor' in 2009 alongside his then band Triple Trouble in which he was booed off stage - didn't take kindly to Tulisa's suggestion that he still had an "aggressive" attitude.
He said: "Who are you? Some scumbag that tried to replace Cheryl Cole."
After being removed from the stage by security guards he continued his rant, branding Tulisa a "dog" before being reprimanded by show host Dermot O'Leary.
However, the judging panel were unanimous in their dislike for George - who claimed to have "matured" following his 2009 audition - with head judge Gary Barlow likening him to a "dodgy curry".
He said: "Some things mature nicely, like a nice cheese or wine. But you're like a dodgy curry, mate."
'The X Factor' returns to ITV1 on Saturday night (20.08.11).