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Nicole's singer will win again this year – Louis

X FACTOR judge Louis Walsh believes rival judge Nicole Scherzinger is on course to win the show again this year.

And he revealed he went for the singers with the strongest work ethic in his boys category during the judges' houses section of the show.

Louis, who had help from All Saints singer Nicole Appleton and Shane Filan, said viewers will see this weekend that he didn't necessarily pick the best singers.

He said: "I wanted people who wanted it and were prepared to work. I want 100pc, I don't want 99pc."

Nicole put the only Irish contestant Melanie McCabe through to judges' houses last week after a cruel twist on Saturday night's show.

Melanie told Anna Daly on Ireland AM yesterday that she sang her heart out on the show before Nicole chose to pick her over one of the girls who seemed to have secured her place at judges' houses.

She said her mentor Nicole was "lovely" and "full of life" but she could not reveal if she got through to the live shows.