Mel B and Nat Bass share one goal – to beat the boys, writes
THEY haven’t agreed on much this season but as the X final looms large, judges Mel B and Natalie Bassingthwaighte see eye- toeye on one thing: It’s time to knock Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian off their winning perches.
In 2010 Keating mentored Altiyan Childs through to win while last year, Guy Sebastian didn’t put a foot wrong as he steered Reece Mastin to a win.
This year, the ladies want a female judge to take the title.
‘‘ Mel and I have clashed on- screen this season, but if one of the boys wins again we are going to be so annoyed,’’ Bassingthwaighte said ahead of this week’s final shows.
‘‘ Totally, we will be bonded by beating the boys.’’
Much has been made of the pair’s on- air exchanges, with rumours they can’t stand each other when the cameras aren’t rolling building steam as the competition heated up.
Mel B was vocal in her criticism of Bassingthwaighte’s song choices for her charges, but Bassingthwaighte was ready to hit back and have her say, which led to tense exchanges.
Rumours surfaced the bitterness had spilled over backstage but Bassingthwaighte denies it.
‘‘ Look, at times it’s been tense, during the shows on stage we all get feisty with each other,’’ she says.
‘‘ You don’t realise how passionate you get about it. If someone has a go at a decision you have made, that does feel awful, but you have to fight for yourself and the reasons why you have done something, which I have done all season.
‘‘ On screen I’d describe our relationship as passionate and feisty. Off- camera it’s looser and more fun.’’
Mel B, unapologetic as always, says the spats come about because ‘‘ I am very honest. I say what I think and feel, and what you see is what you get’’.
‘‘ When you are live you can’t plan what you are going to say,’’ she says.
‘‘ I mean you go to work, do your job. You are being paid to have a judgment and opinion. We are all professional at the end of the day, sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t.
‘‘ Off- screen, all the judges are great. We all have kids, they’re all coming over with their partners to ours for dinner next week, we’re professionals.’’ Another thing the pair agrees is that
has been a slicker production this season.
‘‘ Stylistically, production- wise, it’s slicker, and the talent has been incredible,’’ Mel B says, naming Top 12
Debbie Schipp contestant Angel Tupai as the talent she would most have wanted to mentor had she been able to steal a fellow judge’s charge at the start of the live shows.
But she was happy to make it to the top four with her country boy Jason Owen.
‘‘ To make the top four, and with Jason, made me so excited,’’ she says.‘‘ He is the humblest, most gorgeous, unassuming bloke. He came out of his shell.’’
Bassingthwaighte is equally proud of her young charges, especially of the way Bella Ferraro, 18, and Shiane Hawke, 14, dealt with criticism and online bullying during the competition.
And with just two nights left of the show it is now up to the public to decide.