Kimberley Walsh bigs up Tulisa for X Factor

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has revealed she thinks N Dubz star Tulisa is the 'ideal' X Factor replacement for Cheryl Cole.

She told The Sun newspaper: "Following on from Cher Lloyd's success on last year's show, I think they'll be a lot more acts of that ilk so it's important to have someone who understands that type of music."

"Tulisa, who's opinionated but warm, would be ideal. You need someone who's currently making relevant music. That was Cheryl's strength."

The singer also showed her support for Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland's appointments as judges adding: "I can't believe Louis Walsh is still hanging on in there."

The X Factor is due to return to our screens in the autumn.