According to the BBC's entertainment News, X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary has praised Nicole Scherzinger as "the best judge" on this year's panel. The mail Online said that "Her return to the show was only announced a few weeks ago.
And it seems it wasn't just an adoring public who were excited to welcome Nicole Scherzinger back to The X Factor, as her fellow judge Simon Cowell was keen to show her how much he'd missed her."
The new series launches this weekend on ITV with a revamped line-up.
Speaking at the show's London press launch, O'Leary said: "She works the hardest."
Scherzinger said: "I'm very competitive, very picky, I really care. Otherwise, if you don't put everything into it and everything isn't as great as it can be, why do it?"
This year's series has had an overhaul, with O'Leary returning to present after a year off and all three of the original judges returning.
Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne were on the judging panel on the show during its first series in 2004.
Meeting on the red carpet at the Lancashire County Cricket Club on Monday afternoon, the 56-year-old SyCo boss and the 37-year-old singer schmoozed up a storm - greeting each other with a kiss.
Walsh said: "Nicole works really hard, takes it seriously... she wants, more than anybody else, to win again."
But her return to the panel was not without controversy."
Scherzinger had been expected to continue working with Andrew Lloyd Webber in a stage production of Cats.
She played the role of Grizabella when the show was in London's West End last year, and had been rumoured to continue in the role this year when the show opened on Broadway.
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