'Success hasn't come easy for me': Former Spice Girl Mel B says she identifies with being an 'underdog' as she's announced as the secret judge on The X Factor Australia
Following months of speculation, it was officially confirmed during Tuesday night's episode of The X Factor Australia.
And after confirmation former Spice Girl Mel B would be re-joining the show, she spoke about identifying with her new role as the 'Underdog Judge'.
The one-time popstar told The Daily Telegraph: 'Success hasn't come easy for me, so I appreciate everything that I've got and what I've done so I’d consider myself an underdog'.
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'Success hasn't come easy for me': Former Spice Girl Mel B has admitted she identifies with her new role on The X Factor Australia as the 'Underdog Judge', which was confirmed during Tuesday night's episode
The 41-year-old British-born starlet will return to Sydney next week to film her part in the live shows, bringing her husband and daughters with her.
Her role will mark a return to The X Factor Australia and this time she will be hand-picking a team of wildcards, made from contestants the other judges have rejected.
Of her counterparts - Guy Sebastian, Adam Lambert and Iggy Azalea - Mel B has been left most impressed by the female rapper.
'I’ve watched a few of the episodes and Iggy is very articulate and she knows what she likes and what she doesn't like,' she told the publication.
'I like a woman like that. I love female company anyway, I love a woman who knows her own mind,' she added, having yet to meet Iggy in the flesh.
She's back! Her role will mark a return to The X Factor Australia and this time she will be hand-picking a team of wildcards, made from contestants the other judges have rejected
Impressed: Of her counterparts (L-R) Adam Lambert, Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian, Mel B has been left most impressed by the female rapper
However, the reality TV personality has previously worked with Guy Sebastian on The X Factor and knows Adam from her time in LA.
The star, whose full name is Melanie Brown, has become a regular on talent show judging panels over the years thanks to her brutal honesty.
Mel has also worked on America's Got Talent and made her debut on The X Factor UK earlier this year.
She is also juggling her role as a judge on UK's Lip Sync Battle, along with her ambassadorial duties for Jenny Craig and a Spice Girls reunion, which is set for next year.
The Underdog judge: Kyle Sandilands confirmed on his KIIS FM breakfast radio show Tuesday morning that Mel B is the new 'underdog judge' on The X Factor Australia (Mel B picture in LA last month)
Ahead of the official announcement that Mel would be joining the show, which came during the hour-long episode of the final auditions and the start of the 3-Seat Challenge, Kyle Sandilands let the 'cat out of the bag'.
The shock jock confirmed the news on his KIIS FM breakfast radio show, Tuesday morning, saying: 'I already know, sorry to let the cat out of the bag.'
'We already know that it's Mel B.'
Last week, TV tonight reported Mel 'followed' Guy and Adam on Instagram out of nowhere but was already following rapper Iggy.
'Sorry to let the cat out of the bag': Kyle announced the news on-air with his co-host Jackie O (Pictured at the ACRA Awards in 2015)
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