Feisty new X Factor judge Mel B has already had a bust-up with boss Simon Cowell – about how she is determined to avoid arguments on the show.
The pair locked horns within days of her appointment last week, with Mel – famously known as Scary Spice – insisting: “I won’t be your Miss Nasty.”
And with them soon due travel around the UK together for auditions, they still cannot agree on her role and how she will come across to viewers.
Cowell wants the former Spice Girl to play the villain and act mean to contestants on the forthcoming series of the hit ITV show.
But she has refused, insisting that she won’t be his pantomime baddie.
Defiant Mel, 39, is also determined not to be bitchy towards fellow judge Cheryl Cole.
Cowell, 54, had been looking forward to their chemistry producing onscreen fireworks.
But a source close to Mel revealed: “There is no way she is going to do that bitchy thing with anyone and has told Simon so.
“He isn’t happy at all. He had hoped that viewers would flock to watch the bust-ups between the two women judges.
“Simon wants explosive television. He wants Mel to give people a hard time, to have great fall-outs.
“But as far as she’s concerned it’s a job and she doesn’t want to get herself wrapped up in controversy.
“Mel wants to be a grown up judge, a bit of a female version of Simon.
“She doesn’t want to be unnecessarily mean to anyone.
“She wants to find some good talent. If someone isn’t good enough, then she will tell them. But she is determined to stay positive with her feedback.
“Mel knows that she can’t be this mouthy, horrible person who whips up the controversy, because the X Factor is just too intense. She doesn’t want to be the one everyone is focusing on and can call the evil one.
“She has told Simon all this – but who knows who will win the argument.”
We can also reveal that, although Mel was not Cheryl’s first choice of to join the panel of judges, she is now looking forward to working with her.
Sources said that the former Girls Aloud star tried to get music mogul Cowell to sign Aussie singer Sia, 38, who had a No1 hit with Titanium.
But the show boss thought Sia was not well-known enough to be a judge.
Friends of Cheryl have revealed she is relieved that Cowell agreed to bring a second woman onto the judging table because at one point she looked like being the only one.