June 11, 2014 4:02am PT by Patrick Brzeski
Spice Girl Mel B Named Fourth Judge on 'X Factor U.K.'
Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of 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."
"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."
She added, "Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."
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 judge's seat.
Filming for the 11th season begins next week, with auditions taking place across the U.K.