June 9, 2011 12:00

N-Dubz' Tulisa: 'I was nervous of Cheryl Cole' - Tabloid Hell

N-Dubz star feared she would be ousted from 'X Factor' if Cole returned

N-Dubz' Tulisa: 'I was nervous of Cheryl Cole' - Tabloid Hell

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Tulisa Contostavlos has admitted being wary of Cheryl Cole as the recent X Factor drama broke out.

The N-Dubz star has been named as one of the new judging panel on the UK version of the talent show, alongside Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland.

But as rumours of Cole's return to the UK show following her departure from the US version circulated, Contostavlos admitted that she feared being bumped from her new job before she had even started.

She told The Mirror: "When it was all going on, I tried to keep my head down but, yes, I was a little nervous she might get her old job – or my new one – back! Cheryl sent me some flowers on my first day, which was a pretty amazing gesture and totally unexpected. To be going through all that she is, well, that's a very kind, thoughtful gesture.

"Cheryl's had a tough time and of course I feel bad for her. I was worried about being seen to be trying to fill Cheryl's shoes, but I'm not. I'm just trying to be me."

She went on to describe her nerves on taking up the new post: "I was shitting it on my first day, absolutely terrified. I swear it was the most nervous I've ever been in my life. I'm loving it, though, more than I ever thought I would. I'm just trying to be me, to be honest and say what I think. I’m not going to take any shit though – that’s just me. I speak my mind."

However, the urban star denied that she was given warnings about her conduct before staring work on the ITV show. She said: "People said I was given a warning by producers and Simon Cowell not to swear and to rein in my behaviour. But that’s not the case – I know how to behave. Everyone thought I'd be the one being bleeped out, but actually it wasn’t me who swore first. That was someone else."

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