Cheryl Cole has refused to sit next to Louis Walsh on 'The X Factor'.
The 'Crazy Stupid Love' singer has insisted on being seated away from the Irish music manager - who once looked after her band Girls Aloud - and new judge Mel B will act as a buffer between them on the judging panel when auditions begin in Manchester today.
It's thought Cheryl and Louis are still at odds over his management of her former band and she recently called for him to be replaced on the 'X Factor' panel, despite him being the show's longest-serving judge.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "A lot of thought has gone into the seating after Cheryl said she wouldn't sit next to Louis. The pair have a lot of beef from the days of Girls Aloud.
"It means Mel has to sit between them - giving Cheryl the key spot next to Simon [Cowell]. Mel is unlikely to be happy about that but, as the new girl, she is just going to have to lump it."
'X Factor' boss and head judge Simon previously revealed he and Cheryl, 30, had disagreed on whether to bring back Louis.
He said: "She doesn't want Louis to come back, but he'll be back. I want him to come back. We work really well together. I couldn't imagine it [without him]."