Mel B Splits Opinions As
X Factor Guest Judge
The 2012 series of The X Factor did not get off to a great start this weekend, as Saturday's opening episode attracted the lowest viewing figures since 2006. It was still the most viewed TV programme of the day with over eight million viewers, but for ITV's expensive flagship show, this is definitely not great news.
Not only were fewer people interested in watching the show, but the X Factor judges and contestants received criticism from viewers and the press. Many fans of the show took to Twitter to complain about the uninspiring auditionees and the bland line-up of judges. American X Factor import Nicole Scherzinger has been drafted in to replace Kelly Rowland, but it was left to temporary guest judge Mel B to shake up proceedings with her extremely honest comments.
While some thought the Spice Girl was too harsh, especially in her ruthless criticism of an elderly auditionee, others suggested that Mel should be a full-time addition to the panel. The Guardian's TV Blog requested producer Simon Cowell to "ditch Nicole Scherzinger" in favour of Mel, claiming that she "single-handedly made The X Factor brilliant again." However, the Daily Star was more cynical, suggesting Mel's performance was a "desperate" attempt to "re-invent herself as a talent show baddie."
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