Spice Girls’ Mel B to replace Tulisa on X Factor?

Scary Spice wants to bag a permanent place on the ITV talent show

Former The Spice Girls star Mel B is reportedly being lined up to replace Tulisa on the 2013 series of the X Factor.

The singer was a guest judge on the 2012 series and is currently a judge on the Australian version of the hit talent show, but according to a tabloid source she is set to pack in her life in Australia and return to the UK for the show.

An insider told The Mirror: “She’s ready to come back. All her obligations in Australia, where she’s been living for two years, come to ­completion at the end of January. Phoenix really wants to be in the UK and Mel’s getting signs that things are going to work out with The X Factor. The thing about Mel is she goes where she’s wanted and where the work is. And if that’s the UK then so be it.”

Since news that the 2012 series struggled with ratings, various pop singers have been linked to the show as the programme’s boss, Simon Cowell, attempts to bring life back into the dying show.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Cowell had approached Rihanna to become a judge. The singer was rumoured to have been offered a role on either the US or UK version of the programme in 2013.

James Arthur won the 2012 X Factor earlier this month. Arthur, from Middlesbrough, beat competition from both Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney in the final weekend, which ran for four hours of television across Saturday and Sunday night (December 8, 9), earning a contract with Simon Cowell’s SyCo in the process.