Dannii says, "What could have been a dream job was at times a complete nightmare."
According to Dannii, Sharon began bullying her before filming her first live episode in October 2007 when Sharon burst in her dressing room and began berating her. She recalls:
"Sharon snapped, 'All this bullocks in the press is ruining my life. You could be telling them I'm a nice person but instead you're adding fuel to the fire by saying nothing.' I told her: 'Sharon, I've never said anything bad about you, and I wouldn't say anything bad about you…But she didn't seem interested. 'I don't need this!' she squeaked. 'I'm a mother, for fuck's sake, do you think I need all this shit in my life?' I tried reasoning with her. 'Sharon, they are just stupid press stories about a non-existent feud. All I've ever done is tell people how much I admire you but they don't want to print it.' 'Oh, don't play the innocent,' Sharon spat. 'Cos if you wanna play games, Missy, I'll play… don't you worry, I'll play!'"
She goes on to talk about how Sharon took low blows, criticizing her looks:
"She said I'd had too much Botox and plastic surgery and looked ridiculous, and I was nothing more than a mosquito she wanted to flick away. On one chat show, goaded by an almost salivating Graham Norton, Sharon rolled around on the studio floor, pointing at her backside, and comparing my face to it."
Dannii adds that fellow judge Louis Walsh would team up with Sharon. "Louis felt a sense of duty towards Sharon, taking her part in what had become a feud, albeit a one-sided one." However, according to her, Simon Cowell didn't pick sides. "Simon, thank goodness, was a great ally through all of it. I felt I could rely on him for support when things got rough - and boy, did it get rough."
One good thing that came out of Dannii's time on X Factor is her friendship with Cheryl Tweedy who would take her hand under the judges' table and console her.
Dannii returns to X Factor later this month, which we hear Sharon is scheduled to make a shocking appearance. Those are going to be some insane fireworks!!
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