When X Factor auditionees have their heart set on impressing a particular judge, it's heartbreaking for them if their idol has taken the day off.
But while there was a lot of disappointment when the crew told arriving contestants that Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't be hearing them sing, sadness quickly turned to excitement when they discovered former judge and ex-Spice Girl Mel B would be sitting in for her.
-- Rebekah Nicole Allen (@RebekahNicAllen) September 10, 2016
Viewers were so pleased to see her back that some even had art tributes for her.
-- Devin Wallace (@DevinWallaceArt) September 10, 2016
Sharp-tongued Mel certainly isn't known for mincing her words, so unfortunately wannabes couldn't expect the same friendly supportiveness that Nicole usually offers.
-- Nichola-Louise (@nicholasmith6) September 10, 2016
On the plus side though, you know that if you've impressed Mel, it's been a good day at the office.
Returning contestant Gifty Louise managed to bring a smile to Mel's face, and viewers were just as pleased to see her again.
This may be her second time... But she's killing it?????? #XFactor
-- brown sugar? (@DesignerNae) September 10, 2016
-- Paula Holmes (@TheLDNDiaries) September 10, 2016
Loving Gifty tonight amazing! Reminds me of Lauren Hill #XFactor
-- eve morgan (@emorges) September 10, 2016