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Geri Halliwell for 'X Factor' guest slot

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Geri Halliwell has been confirmed as a guest judge at The X Factor UK's first round of filmed auditions in Liverpool.

The former Spice Girls singer will sit alongside Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos at try-outs in the city tomorrow (May 23).

Geri Halliwell - The Spice Girl turns 39 on Saturday.

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"I'm incredibly excited and proud to join The X Factor in Liverpool and have the opportunity to find a new star," Halliwell said. "Those four seats [on the panel] are the hottest seats in Britain right now.

"I hope to share all my experience and the ups and the downs of how to make it globally in the music industry with the contestants and I'm really looking forward to having a blast with Gary, Tulisa and the lovely Louis."

Halliwell was first linked to the role yesterday (May 21) and has also been touted as a permanent replacement for departed judge Kelly Rowland.

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Kelly Rowland, X Factor

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Guest judges are being recruited for the X Factor auditions after Dannii Minogue reportedly rejected a £1m offer to return to the show.

Halliwell previously covered for Minogue on The X Factor while the Australian singer was on maternity leave during her final series in 2010.

Geri Halliwell guest judging on The X Factor

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The X Factor judging panel

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The 'Look At Me' star also appeared as a judge alongside Walsh on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, which discovered former X Factor panelist Cheryl Cole and the rest of Girls Aloud.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack were confirmed as hosts of The Xtra Factor earlier today (May 22), while Dermot O'Leary is also coming back to present the main show.

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