Tulisa Contostavlos felt 'judged' by X Factor contestants

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 August 2011
Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos felt ''judged'' by 'X Factor' contestants when she first stepped into the shoes formerly filled by Cheryl Cole on the show

Tulisa Contostavlos felt "judged" by 'X Factor' contestants when she first took up her role on the show.

The N-Dubz singer - who is joined on the panel of the ITV1 show by Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland - explained while she initially struggled to fill the shoes of former judge Cheryl Cole, she has now settled into her new position.

She said: "At first I felt like the contestants were judging me, but now I feel like a proper 'X Factor' judge."

Despite the 23-year-old star being labelled a "scumbag" and a "dog" by mouthy contestant George Gerasimou following his ill-fated London audition, Tulisa's fellow judge Kelly Rowland admitted it is important for the panel to remember to "be professional" at all times.

Speaking at the launch of 'The X Factor' at London's O2 on Wednesday (17.08.11), Kelly said: "You have to try and keep your cool and remember that you have to be professional and you're an example. That was foolery on his behalf, obviously. But don't fall into that trap.

"Nobody wants to act like him and how would it look if Tulisa did the same thing he did? She's much a much bigger person and in a much better position and she's blessed. But where I come from, we fight."

'The X Factor' returns to ITV1 tomorrow night (20.08.11).

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