'Little chav' Tulisa Contostavlos?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 October 2011
Tulisa Contostavlos

Tulisa Contostavlos

Louis Walsh thought N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos would be a ''little chav in a tracksuit'' when she first joined 'The X Factor' judging panel, but she has proven him wrong

Louis Walsh thought Tulisa Contostavlos would be a "little chav in a tracksuit" when she joined 'The X Factor' judging panel.

The N-Dubz singer is making her debut as a judge on the ITV1 talent show this year and Louis - who has been on the panel for eight series - initially had some unfair expectations of her, but the unlikely pair have quickly become close friends.

Tulisa said: "He's so funny, he always says, 'When they told me you were one of the judges, I was expecting to see this little chav in a tracksuit,' but he said in a jokey way.

"We get on really well and we just took to each other straight away and he really took me under his wing and spent time with me."

Tulisa - who is mentoring the Groups - caused controversy over the weekend when she removed The Keys' lead singer Charlie Healy and put him in boy band The Risk, while letting go three of that group's original members.

However, she insists she made the right decision.

She explained on ITV1's 'This Morning': "I expected a bigger backlash than I got, just from watching past shows as I know people take this very seriously.

"I kind of panicked a little bit but I said, 'I just can't put through these groups if I don't believe they can win as I'd be lying to myself and I'd be lying to the public'.

"One thing I said I'd do if I came onto the show was be 100 per cent real and I'm not gonna put a group through if they couldn't win. What I did happens on a daily basis behind the scenes at record companies.

"I came up with the idea as I knew when it came to those two boy bands it had to be one or the other and it was the night before and I turned to one of the producers and said, 'Can I do it?' He warned me against the backlash but it was definitely the right thing."

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