Mel B looks set to join X Factor UK

Melanie B looks set to join 'The X Factor' next year.

The Spice Girls star - who is currently a judge on the Australian version of singing show - is set to return to the UK after being told she is one of the favourites to become a permanent mentor on the British show when it returns in 2013.

Mel - who raises daughters, Phoenix, 13, Angel, seven, and 16-month-old Madison with husband Stephen Belafonte - impressed bosses when she was a stand-in judge on this year's show and are keen for her to replace either Tulisa or Nicole Scherzinger on the panel.

A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "She's ready to come back. All her obligations in Australia, where she's been living for two years, come to completion at the end of January.

"Her daughter Phoenix really wants to be in the UK and Mel's getting signs that things are going to work out with 'The X Factor'. The thing about Mel is she goes where she's wanted and where the work is. And if that's the UK then so be it."

Mel recently said she would move anywhere for her career as she likes to make the most of the opportunities given to her.

She said: "I'm not going to lie - I have no idea where the future will take me. I quite like not knowing what's going to happen, where I'm going to be or how I'm going to do it. I love grabbing different opportunities. I'm very lucky."

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