Former Spice Girl Mel B is set to join The X Factor judging panel according to reports.

She previously guest-judged on the show in 2012 but according to the Daily Star she's set to become a permanent fixture on the upcoming new season which sees the return of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole.

A source told the Daily Star, "It's pretty much a done deal, and Simon thinks Mel will be perfect for the show. Fine details such as her expenses budget and filming dates need to be agreed. Other than that, she's ready to go.

"Simon wants the show to return to its former glory - that's why he got Cheryl back. He's been in discussions with lots of potential judges, but he believes Mel is by far the best."

The source added, "She's like the female version of [Cowell]. Opinionated, confident, ruthless and competitive. People will either love her or love to hate her."