X Factor fans give their verdict on new judge Geri Halliwell… with the deafening sound of boos (again)
14:52 GMT, 24 May 2012
When she first tried her luck on the X Factor panel two years ago, Geri Halliwell was booed by the audience.
And despite ITV bosses hoping she would get a better reception on the show this time around as a guest judge, it seems fans just can't take to the former Spice Girls star.
Rather than win round the audience at the Liverpool auditions, Geri angered fans by taking a swipe at their favourite judge Gary Barlow, before criticising the singing skills of a girl band.
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'A really big fat boo is good for you' says Geri Halliwell as she is booed out of the X Factor auditions in Liverpool.
Geri was booed when she told the girl band hopefuls they couldn't sing, before adding: '[But] not everyone in Take That can sing'.
However, Geri insisted she wasn't worried about being booed and said: 'I don't mind if people want to take the p**s out of me.
'You get to a certain age where you think, Whatever. A really big fat boo is good for you, you cannot take it personally.
'Of course they're going to boo as they're protecting their friends. I want to do my best and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. It's a really, really good show.'
Making an entrance: Geri certainly caused a stir as she climbed on top of her car after arriving at the auditions yesterday
Out she goes! After sitting in the car, Geri decided she wanted to attract more attention to herself
Miss Halliwell has joined the show following the departure of Kelly Rowland, and after former judge Dannii Minogue refused a 1million offer to return.
And the Wannabe hitmaker is expected to take the fourth judges' spot permanently and admitted she is always trying to prove herself.
Asked if she felt her guest stint was an audition, she said: 'In life we're all on audition. The Prime Minister is auditioning right now, we are all proving ourselves every single day of our lives.
'Between me and Gary we've had 22 number ones, that's as much as the Beatles. But we're still proving ourselves in this game. That is the industry.'
Careful! Geri had to be very cautious so as to not reveal too much in her blue backless lace minidress
However, the 39-year-old singer is already planning who she would take as her guest helper at the judges' houses stage of the contest, insisting it would be someone close such as George Michael or Victoria Beckham – or even her mother.
And in a veiled dig at judge Tulisa who chose Jessie J as her guest helper, even though they were not friends before the show, she said: 'Whoever I bring as my guest helper will be authentic to me. It wouldn't be rent-a-celeb.'
As soon as Geri arrived at filming in Liverpool armed with a megaphone and a very short hemline the controversy with her role started.
Ginger Spice is back! Geri looked more than a little excited to be back in the spotlight as she rolled up to auditions
Hiya! Geri stuck her head out of the window to greet the waiting fans as her car pulled up
Despite her stiletto heels – and her tight-fitting lacy dress – Miss Halliwell, somehow managed to wriggle out of her car window and perch seductively on the roof, where she regaled the crowd through the loudhailer.
Her dramatic entrance was topped off by an encounter with a policeman, who stopped her car after spotting a cameraman inside without a seatbelt.
Fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos, 23, looked almost muted in comparison, in a pretty floral dress and red high heels.
Differing styles: While Geri opted for a blue lace dress and white ankle boots, Tulisa Contostavlos went for a fun and flirty Lipsy number
But she seemed keen to show she will get on rather better with Miss Halliwell than she did with former judge Kelly Rowland.
She was spotted sitting on Miss Halliwell’s knee as the pair enjoyed a night out in Liverpool on Tuesday, and later said: ‘I think she’s a right hoot.
‘She definitely had me in stitches…She was sitting next to me and had her arm round me. We were female bonding.’
Fun and floral: Caroline Flack swapped her usual shorts for a cute skater-style skirt
Here come the boys: The X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary and judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh