British pop star Melanie Brown has been unveiled as a new judge on British Tv talent show The X Factor.

The news was confirmed by a representative from Simon Cowell's company Syco in a Twitter.com post on Wednesday (11Jun14), in which it was announced the former Spice Girls star will join Cowell, long-standing judge Louis Walsh, and singer Cheryl Cole for the 2014 series.

Brown - known as Mel B during her pop star heyday - previously appeared as a guest judge on the show in 2012 and has served on The X Factor Australia and America's Got Talent, which are both run by Cowell's company.

The singer says, "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. Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."

Cowell adds, "I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor."

Auditions for the new series are set to begin on Monday (16Jun14).