Dannii Minogue has insisted she and fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Cole are great friends.

The Aussie pop star – who last year had a public spat with her The X Factor colleague Sharon Osbourne – denied rumours she and Cheryl don’t get on.

Dannii told Closer magazine: “I don’t know who’s trying to rumble stories about me and Cheryl not getting on, but it’s absolutely not true! I honestly couldn’t think of a better person to sit next to as a new judge.

“The X Factor isn’t like last year – our focus is on the talent, not the judges! There’s no drama. I’m totally blissed out with my life right now.

“People always expect the show to be a battle between the judges. Don’t get me wrong, when the live finals start it will be a battle, but not in a nasty way!”

The TV star also revealed she enjoyed working with Cameron Diaz’s hunky model boyfriend Paul Sculfor for a Next clothing commercial they filmed together this week. Dannii wrote in her column: “He’s full-on gorgeous.

“When we were shooting the ad, I could tell that he seemed completely loved up. Love is in the air for everyone right now, including me, with my new fella Kris Smith. Woo hoo!”