Tulisa and Kelly's X Factor fall-out

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 October 2011
Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow

The X Factor judges

'X Factor' judges Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos are said to be ''barely speaking'' following a series of rows

Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos are said to be "barely speaking" following a series of rows.

The 'X Factor' judges reportedly came to blows after the former Destiny's Child hitmaker handed the N-Dubz star and fellow panellist Louis Walsh notes on how to handle their acts correctly, causing Tulisa to claim Kelly has "no idea" about the British music industry.

Tulisa - who labelled Kelly's act Misha B a "bully" on last night's (22.10.11) show, allegedly fumed: "She needs to butt out of my business. If she thinks I'm not capable of this she's stupid. She may have been in Destiny's Child, but that's history. Kelly's got no idea about the UK market."

However, Kelly - who is mentoring Misha B, Sophie Habibis and Janet Devlin on the ITV1 show - hit back, labelling Tulisa a "spoilt brat".

She said: "Tulisa has been in this industry five minutes and I've been at the top of the game for years. If she wants to throw my advice back in my face that's her loss. She's acting like a spoilt brat."

This comes after show boss Simon Cowell reportedly told the 'X Factor' judges to up their game after it was revealed the show's viewing figures were down two million on this time last year.

A source added to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Producers are likening the studios to a disaster zone. The acts are getting the blame for the show not going so well, so they're a bit downtrodden - like the walking wounded. Meanwhile, the judges are sniping at each other."

Even head judge Gary Barlow - who last night (22.10.11) admitted his act Frankie Cocozza's performance on last week's show was "really awful" - has confirmed the "pleasantries have gone out of the window" among the four panellists.

He said in a statement: "The auditions were really friendly and the judges were really close, all of us offering each other advice and conferring on decisions. It's a whole lot different now the competition has got going.

"The rivalry has really come out and no one comes out of their dressing rooms any more. We all really want to win so the pleasantries have gone out of the window."

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