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Mel B obviously impressed X Factor bosses in her audition – the former Spice Girl has been offered a permanent spot on the panel for next year’s show.

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Melanie stood in as the fourth judge on the launch episode of the TV talent contest, last weekend.

Bosses at ITV1 loved her brutally honest put-downs and now are reportedly desperate to secure her for the 2013 series.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “Mel was our first choice. She was so quick and honest. You can’t let everyone down gently or the praise is meaningless.

“There’s a lot of money on the table for her next year.”

And the enthusiasm is mutual, it seems.

Mel took to Twitter following her cameo on the panel, writing: “Tell Simon [Cowell] to take me back for season 10. #XFactor (sic)”

The ‘Wannabe’ star divided opinions with her harsh comments, but many viewers felt she was the voice of reason and could be the new Simon Cowell.

The straight-talking singer will have competition in the form of original judge Sharon Osbourne, however, since the showbiz matriarch recently lobbied her fans about making a grand return to the show.

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