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'X Factor': Nicole Scherzinger wants Sharon Osbourne, not Mel B

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Nicole Scherzinger has backed Sharon Osbourne to make a return to The X Factor this year.

The singer is expected to sign up for a second series this year, while Tulisa Contostavlos has reportedly been told that she has been axed after two years on the show.

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Everything Everywhere launch party held at Battersea Power Station - Arrivals
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Nicole Scherzinger

Sharon Osbourne arrives to announce the winner of the 'international female' award at the Brits 2013

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Sharon Osbourne



Sharon Osbourne and Mel B are heavily tipped to be Tulisa's replacement, to join the returning Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh.

"Sharon Osbourne actually is the first person who introduced me to X Factor and brought me on as a guest judge," Scherzinger told The Sun.

"So I'm Team Sharon all the way. I absolutely adore her and love her, and she's a righteous mama."

However, she added that she was still friends with Contostavlos, saying: "I have a great working relationship and a great friendship with her, so I'm sure she'll choose what's best for her."

Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger, National Television Awards 2013

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Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger at the 2013 NTAs

Miss Mode: Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa X Factor Final

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Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger at the X Factor finals



Scherzinger also revealed that she plans to release her new album by the end of 2013, after deciding not to rush-release it last year.

"I didn't rush it. I could have brought it out during the X Factor... I figured, you know, in order for me to get it really right I don't need to rush it, and I want to get it right for the fans," the former Pussycat Dolls singer explained.

"So hopefully at the end of this year it will be out."

Scherzinger recently said that her own X Factor return was "up in the air".

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