Geri Halliwell drafted in as an emergency guest judge on X Factor as bosses fail to find Kelly Rowland replacement
12:31 GMT, 21 May 2012
X Factor bosses have drafted in Geri Halliwell as an emergency guest judge after failing to find a replacement for Kelly Rowland.
The former Spice Girl will return as a guest judge for the second time when the initial auditions for the new series begin on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old, who stood in for pregnant Dannii Minogue on the 2010 series, will join the panel at the auditions in Liverpool.
Ready for action: Geri Halliwell, pictured at a charity event on May 15, will be a guest judge on X Factor
However, at the time she was booed during the auditions in Glasgow, with audience members chanting to 'bring back Dannii'.
News of Geri's temporary addition to the panel comes after it was revealed last week former judge Dannii had refused a 1million offer to rejoin the series.
The star's management company reportedly demanded a 5million salary, which was deemed 'ridiculous' by X Factor bosses.
Been here before: Geri stood in for pregnant Dannii Minogue during the 2010 Glasgow auditions with Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell
In comparison, Take That star Gary Barlow is said to be on 2million deal, while Tulisa was recently offered a 500,000 contract.
However, former Destiny's Child singer Rowland confirmed three weeks ago she wouldn't be returning to the series.
With Dannii backing out of talks, X Factor bosses are still looking to appoint a successor to Kelly.
Veteran talent show judge: Geri was a judge with Walsh and Pete Watermen on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002
Although its unlikely Geri will become a permanent judge, she has plenty of judging experience.
She, Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh helped form Girls Aloud on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
Two years ago, Geri tried to claim credit for Cheryl Cole becoming a star.
She said: 'With Cheryl, I picked her for Popstars: The Rivals so I'm really proud of her and thrilled with her success.'
One down: Kelly Rowland declined to return for a second series, leaving Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow