Sara Cox was in running for X Factor panel if Mel B turned down judge’s role

Sara Cox has admitted she was in the running to be the fourth X Factor judge.

The former Radio 1 DJ was reported to be a possible contender for the role if Mel B decided not to take up her £1 million offer.

After Scary Spice’s name was confirmed for the show, alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh, Sara tweeted: “It’s been a mad exciting few weeks and I’ve met some lovely people, but I’m not through to boot camp.”

The Radio 2 DJ added: “Big ups to Mel b @SimonCowell @TheXFactor.”

She wrote: “To be fair I already have my dream job on @BBCRadio2 hosting #soundsofthe80s 10pm every Saturday night.”

Mel, who appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, has said she will not shy away from delivering reality checks to the show’s wannabes.

“I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong,” she said as she announced she was taking up the job.