Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
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Q&A: Sharon Osbourne
X Factor Mash-Up
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A host of chart-toppers have found fame on the X Factor, whether they've actually won the show or not - including success stories from recent years like One Direction, Leona Lewis and Little Mix.
"A dream contestant would be somebody that ticks all the right boxes," Mrs O said.
"You've got to look like a star; you've got to have charisma; you've got to be able to sing; and be likable."
But with sneak peeks from the audition stages showing Sharon's usual forthright remarks, it's obvious not everyone can be up to scratch.
"You sing like a dolphin," she tells one unfortunate hopeful, before doing an impersonation and sending fellow judge Louis Walsh into fits of laughter.
But despite that, Mrs O reckons she will be "as diplomatic as I can be ..."
I’m the one that tells all the jokes and I write things on bits of paper - very rude things - and pass it down the desk to the others ...
The 10th series of the X Factor was launched in London on Thursday, with all four judges - Sharon, Louis, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger - in attendance.
"It feels absolutely wonderful to be back. The show is so much fun, it really is," Sharon declared.
"I kind of left under a cloud last time around and it wasn't really professional of me - I left two weeks before the show was due to start. It wasn't the right thing to do.
"So this sort of makes it alright. It's gone full cycle and it ends on a high note."
Louis, who memorably got water thrown over him by the feisty Mrs O, said he didn't think there would be a repeat of that episode this time round.
"Sharon's feisty, she's unpredictable. You never know what she's going to say or do. She won't throw any water, I'm sure she wouldn't," the Irishman said.
"She's older and wiser now - even though she looks younger."
But former Pussycat Doll Nicole thinks Sharon's influence will definitely affect the rest of the judges.
"I just feel the confidence ... She brings out the feisty in me," she said.
And Take That's Gary also thinks Sharon's return is a good thing for the show.
"If there's one thing Sharon has brought to the show, I feel like we're having a lot more fun," he said.
The X Factor returns to UTV on Saturday at 8pm with the first closed auditions and then on Sunday, also at 8pm, with the most impressive acts auditioning again at Wembley.
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