A war of words erupted on The X Factor last night between judges Mel B and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
The female judges had their biggest clash to date on Seven's reality talent search over 20-year-old dance teacher Briden-Starr Aspinall.
Aspinall's performance of Ricki-Lee Coulter's Raining Diamonds impressed Bassingthwaighte and male judges Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian but Mel B was left underwhelmed.
"It all just rubbed me up the wrong way. I found it cheesy," the former Spice Girl said. "It was way too goody-two-shoes for me."
Scary Spice said she thought Aspinall's musical-theatre background could make it hard for her to be "edgy" and "international" enough to survive in the music business.
Bassingthwaighte hit back, saying: "There is nothing wrong with having a musical-theatre background. It only enhanced your performance."
Once the aspiring singer had left the stage, Bassingthwaighte accused Mel B of being "jealous" of Aspinall's talent, to which Mel flared up.
"No, I am not jealous, because I have done musical theatre too. I am not jealous," she said.
Aspinall told AAA she was shocked by the response to her audition and was left saddened by Mel B's opinion of her.
"There was definitely a little bit of a stir after my audition, I almost felt bad. I wanted to apologise to Mel," Aspinall said.
"It was a little bit hard to swallow but I see what she says. I was a little bit musical theatre."However, after receiving the nod from Keating, Sebastian and Bassingthwaighte to make it through to Boot Camp, Aspinall said she would try a whole new approach to her next audition.
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