New X Factor judge Tulisa feels viewers want her to prove herself

Cheryl Cole‘s shoes were always going to be hard to fill, but Tulisa Contostavlos says it was only at boot camp that she felt accepted.

On my first day, it was as if I was being judged by the nation rather than being a judge,’ she says.

But now I’m getting to meet the contestants and it all feels real.’

The N-Dubz star, 23, won over any remaining doubters on last week’s show when she remained calm despite being bombarded with sickening abuse.

George Gerasimou, 19, turned on Tulisa after his failed audition, ranting: If I knew dogs were allowed, I’d have brought my Alsatian along.’

Asked why she didn’t punch him, Tulisa says: Two years ago I would have.

‘But I’m an X Factor judge now and I’m not allowed to!’

Kelly Rowland says George was lucky.

Tulisa has a temper,’ she reveals.

That’s what I like about her. It isn’t unchecked, though – she can temper it herself.’

Read the full story about Tulisa Contostavlos in Now magazine dated 29 August 2011 – out now!

Now cover 29 August 2011

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