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Natalie gets contrary with Scary
Natalie gets contrary with Scary

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.

The West Australian

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