The X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary has insisted that there is no rivalry between Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Mel B. The two female judges came head to head in last week's episode, when they were seen disagreeing over the results on Sunday night's show.
Cheryl was visibly livid after the former Spice Girl opted to save Stereo Kicks over her own act Lauren Platt, and is said to have continued the dispute off-air.
Speaking exclusively to HELLO! Online at the Victoria's Secret Show, Dermot, however, set the record straight.
CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE
Mel B angered her fellow judge on the latest results show when she chose to send Cheryl's act home
"They haven't fallen out – God no," said Dermot. "It's wonderful to see two girls working together and there's definitely no cattiness."
The show host, who has been presenting Simon Cowell's singing competition for the past seven years, also spoke praises of straight-talking Mel B.
"She keeps walking into my dressing room and saying 'Where is he? Has he got his pants off?'" laughed Dermot, 41.
"I love her. I like it when people are honest and just natural. It keeps me on my toes during live TV."
Dermot O'Leary insisted to HELLO! Online that the judges were not feuding
Following Mel and Cheryl's frosty exchange on Sunday night, the pair appeared on spin-off show The Xtra Factor where they sat on opposite ends of the couch.
"I had to follow my heart even though it was Cheryl's girl and I'm all about girl power," said Mel, defending her reason to save eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks, who ended up being eliminated.
During the live results show the Geordie lass made no secret of her annoyance at Mel, saying that she couldn't understand how her fellow judge had suddenly had a change of heart after weeks of wanting to send Stereo Kicks home.
"I find it amazing that the critique has been a certain way over the last few weeks, then when it comes to this part and it changes, that amazes me," said Cheryl.