Mel B Joins ITV’s ‘The X Factor’ As New Judge

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Mel B has been set as the fourth judge on the upcoming 11th season of The X Factor, ITV announced today.

The former Spice Girl, who previously appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, will appear on the judging panel for the new season alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

“I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012″, said Mel B. “I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong!  Now I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

While Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment, added: “Mel and Cheryl have reached the top in two of the biggest girl bands in contemporary music history and they’re fantastic additions to this year’s panel, alongside Simon and Louis. All our judges are looking forward to finding some amazing vocal talent for X Factor 2014.”

Production on the new season, which will see Dermot O’Leary return as host, is set to being next week, with auditions taking place in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The series is expected to begin airing on ITV later this year.