Nick Grimshaw has been asking Lily Allen and Adele for tips on 'The X Factor'.

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw

The Radio 1 DJ has joined the panel as a judge this year and has turned to his superstar pals for advice on how to get the best out of his acts, Seann Miley Moore, Che Chesterman and Mason Noise, in the live shows.

A source told The Sun on Sunday that Nick caught up with Lily last week where she critiqued his judging style.

And Nick revealed that Adele - who recently made a musical comeback with new song 'Hello' - has inspired how he judges the performers on the programme.

He explained: "She has really changed the way I judge people on 'The X Factor'. I don't want to be there for gimmicks, I want to be there for honesty.

"I sent the boys from my 'X Factor' category Adele's interview from the show. I said, 'Listen to this. She is a superstar yet is so grounded. She's the same as the day I met her.' The boys can't change just because they are on TV."

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

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."