Cheryl Fernandez-Versini counselled Nick Grimshaw when he was criticised for his performance on 'The X Factor'.

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw

The BBC Radio 2 DJ has revealed experienced judge Cheryl was very protective of him when it was reported axed judge Louis Walsh was being brought back to replace him.

Nick explained: "Cheryl was like, 'Just you wait. Everyone gets it on this show'.

"I was like, 'Louis Walsh doesn't like me!' and Cheryl was like, 'Please'.

"She was more upset than me. She's been very caring and welcoming to me and she phones me all the time and checks up on me."

But despite being upset by the comments, Nick was never worried about losing his job.

He shared: "Simon [Cowell] told me, 'This is the nature of the best - you're in the goldfish bowl, everyone has something to say'."

Nick added: "Coming on after Louis, who's been awesome for 11 years and a national treasure, that's big shoes to fill. I think anyone would have got stick."

The 31-year-old presenter also responded to Louis' claims that he's a "groupie" and "bad-looking".

He told The Sun newspaper: "I don't know why he says those things. I think he just likes to wind people up. It's panto."