Mel B confirmed as new X Factor judge

The former Spice Girl promises to bring "honesty" to the UK panel alongside Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole

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X Factor 2014 is spicing up its life as it’s confirmed former Spice Girl Mel B is joining the panel.

Mel B (aka Scary Spice) will sit alongside Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole for this year’s series.

The news was confirmed by ITV this morning after much tabloid speculation. It is said that X Factor signed the former pop star for £900,000, with an extra £100,000 being thrown in for expenses.

Mel said: "Honesty is the best policy – right? 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! I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

Simon Cowell, back on the show for the first time since 2010, also added: "I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a Judge. I thought she was fantastic as a guest Judge. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor."

Mel B is no stranger to Mr Cowell’s reality shows. She appeared as a guest judge on the UK X Factor in 2012, as well as being a full-time judge on both Austalia’s X Factor and America’s Got Talent.

The singer’s feisty reputation from her days as a Spice Girl appear to have followed her to the panel. But it’s that no-nonsense approach that fans seem to love and she’ll be a fine match for Mr Cowell.

The show is in need of a lift after last year’s series ended with drooping viewing figures. Cheryl and Simon are hoping to return to the magic of the 2010 series, when they created One Direction and introduced us to the wonder that is Wagner.

This year’s X Factor will kick off with the in-room auditions, before moving to arena auditions later in the series.

X Factor 2014 is expected to launch on ITV around the end of August/beginning of September.