X Factor judge Dannii Minogue has admitted that she is at a slight disadvantage this year, because she missed the audition rounds of the show.
The 38-year-old gave birth to baby Ethan three months ago in Australia and her maternity leave, meant that she wasn’t present at the UK auditions for the ITV show.
Speaking about filming the judges homes round earlier this month, Dannii told The Daily Star:
“When I arrived on Judges’ Homes I was definitely missing the fact that I wasn’t at auditions and I felt sad.
“I was quizzing all the crew about what had happened. And I kept asking them who they thought was the best.
“Now I’ve just got to jump in hands-on from show one and hope we get it right.”
On how the panel will relate to each other on the live shows, which kick off in October, Dannii added:
“The judges’ rivalry is a big part of the show whether you like it or not.
“And we all get fiercely competitive. I’m sure sparks will be flying again this year.”