July 8, 2011 17:15

N-Dubz's Tulisa called a "scumbag" at 'X Factor' audition

Fuming auditionee rounds on judging panel after being rejected

N-Dubz's Tulisa called a "scumbag" at 'X Factor' audition

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N-Dubz’s Tulisa Contostavlos was attacked at an X Factor audition after cutting short a performer’s song. The Sun reports that wannabe George Gerasimou squared up to the new TV judge and hurled abuse.

The 19-year-old, originally from Cyprus and now living in London, lunged towards the star and called her a “scumbag”. The incident happened in front of a stunned 10,000 strong audience at London’s O2 Arena.

Gerasimou had another run-in with the show’s judging panel after appearing on the programme back in 2009. Then he chucked his microphone on the floor and told Simon Cowell to “shut up” before storming off the stage after being criticised.

He used the incident as an excuse to return – telling the panel that he was there to “redeem himself”. However as he started singing Ne-Yo’s hit 'Give Me Everything' the judge brought a stop to the music.

The enraged singer then jumped down from the stage and walked behind Tulisa. He yelled: “Why did you stop the music? You're just a scumbag from Camden replacing Cheryl on the panel."

Tulisa replied saying: "Get back and stop invading my space. I am really proud of what I have achieved. If you don't like it, why did you come down today?"

Gerasimou's friend then ran to the stage and also started shouting. As he left, the failed performer stuck up his finger to the panel.

The Sun reports an insider as saying: "He really squared up to Tulisa. Staff had to intervene to tell him to get back on the stage. It was pretty hairy."

Contostavlos joined the panel this year along with Take That's Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland.

They replaced the show's creator Simon Cowell, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue.

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