Nicole Scherzinger has admitted that when Mel B was rumoured to be replacing her on The X Factor she was "scared to death".
Prior to the Live Shows, reports were circulating that show boss Simon Cowell would replace her with the former Spice Girl in 2013.
The 'Poison' singer told The Sun: "I was scared to death. I didn’t feel like I had the warmest reception coming here. People were saying, ‘She’s the most boring person of the year, Mel B is the queen, she should be fired’.
"I got scared and freaked out. But then I was like, ‘Hell no, ain’t no one gonna tell me that I don’t know what I’m doing’.
"I came here for a reason. I’m a damn good mentor. I’m not saying I’m a great judge or I’m the most articulate person. But I’m going to focus my energy on the contestants and give 110 per cent to it.
"UK people like honesty, they love humour. So if I could really say it how it is and say it in my own style of humour then maybe people will get me and I can get to them."
The singer also reckons that her frontrunner Jahmene Douglas will make it to the final hurdle alongside Ella Henderson and boyband Union J.
But despite predicting he will be eliminated before the series draws to its climax, the 'Poison' hitmaker continued to defend the Essex-born wannabe.
"He just wants to give the best performance every week and prove that he is not there as a joke," she said.