TV talent show The X Factor is as publicised for its judge-wars as it is for the contestants, but Gary Barlow took things a step too far this weekend when he commented on Tulisa's bad breath.
Asking Barlow about his contestant Christopher Maloney's performance, Tulisa said:
"How many of these eighties classics are you going to let him destroy?"
"I don't know what offends me more, those comments or that fag ash breath".
The shocked singer paused to let Barlow finish, before accusing him of boozing:
"Just a note for Gary: lay off the red wine, coz' I can really smell that as well."
The N Dubz star was apparently left fuming, but after a profuse apology from Barlow, made light of the situation the next day when she proudly displayed a nicotine patch on her arm.
Now, now judges, simmer down - it's supposed to be about the talent.