14 JANUARY 2009

Simon Cowell has signed up brunette beauty Kelly Brook to become a judge on his ITV talent search show Britain's Got Talent. The 29-year-old, who arrived for her first day at work on bombshell form in a black satin cocktail dress and vertinigous Louboutin peep-toes, said she couldn't wait to get started.

"Simon has promised me some wild acts, which I can't wait to see," said Kelly, who is no doubt hoping her new appointment as a judge will have the same profile boosting effect as Cheryl Cole's X Factor role did.

Her inclusion means Amanda Holden parts with her status as the only female mentor on the show. And though there's already been comment of rivalry between the two ladies there was certainly no sign of any friction this week as the pair happily posed together outside the Manchester rehearsal studios.

The third series of Britain's Got Talent returns to screens in May. The winner will take home a £100,000 prize and the chance to appear on the Royal Variety Performance.

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The glamorous pair will be seeing a lot more of each other over the coming months as they help Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan look for a new winning act
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The show, which features Geordie duo Ant and Dec (far right) as behind-the-scenes reporters, returns to screens in May