X Factor newcomer Tulisa Contostavlos says that she has won support from former judge Cheryl Cole – despite fears that the singer would never forgive her for taking her place on the panel.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror the N-Dubz singer revealed that she received a text from Cheryl at the end of the first show congratulating her on her performance – and said she is hugely grateful for her seal of approval.

“Cheryl saw the show on ­Saturday and sent a text saying: ­’Congratulations for your first show. You’ve got a great response from everyone and you did great.’ She’s been so supportive and that’s helped me a lot,” she said.

The singer – who has joined the panel this series along with Gary Barlow and Kelly Rowland – added that having Cheryl’s support has helped her in more ways than one.

“I could have become Britain’s most hated woman for replacing Cheryl, but having her support has made all the difference,” Tulisa said.

“I also spoke to her when I was offered the job. I’d have been worried if I hadn’t checked she was OK with me being in her seat.

“She felt the same and actually contacted me first to make sure I wasn’t worried. Cheryl told me there was no bitterness between us and to go for it,” the 23-year-old added.

“She said she didn’t come back because she wanted a break and time for herself. That made me feel a lot more relaxed about taking the role. It doesn’t feel like I’m just filling in for her.”