Spice Girl Mel B Joining 'X Factor' U.K.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Mel B attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of the "X Factor" U.K.

Mel B told the U.K. press she is "so excited" to be joining the show. She reportedly signed a deal worth $1.67  million (£1 million). The 39-year-old signer served as a guest judge on the show in 2012.

Simon Cowell said he was "thrilled" by the appointment, adding,"I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago.

"She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor," he said.

 "I've always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that's what I'm going to bring more of this year," Mel B said of her approach to the role. "Whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong.

"Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent," she added.

Cheryl Cole and Cowell announced in March that they would be coming back to the show as judges after a four-year hiatus. And earlier this month, Louis Walsh confirmed he was returning as a judge. Cole had said she would like a female talent to hold down the fourth judges seat.

Filming for the 11th season begins next week with auditions taking place across the U.K.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.