Ch­eryl’s X Fac­tor dilemma

The star is torn over whether to com­mit to a longterm re­turn to the show

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Shereen Low

She paid tribute S to Si­mon Cow­ell on last week’s X Fac­tor af­ter his shock fall – and now in­sid­ers say Ch­eryl is torn over whether she can make a more per­ma­nent re­turn to the hit show.

The singer, 34– who made a brief re­turn to the se­ries two weeks ago when she ap­peared along­side Si­mon at the Judges’ Houses round af­ter tak­ing time out to look af­ter her new son, Bear – said last week: “First of all, I re­ally miss you, Si­mon. I know you’ll be watch­ing at home. You’re very, very missed and we love you.”

And de­spite Ale­sha Dixon fill­ing in for Si­mon, fans still ques­tioned why Ch­eryl – who was in the au­di­ence on the episode to sup­port her boyfriend Liam Payne, 24, as he per­formed new sin­gle Be­d­room Floor – hadn’t re­placed the me­dia mogul.

One viewer said, “Why doesn’t Ch­eryl just take Si­mon’s place? She’s right there”, while another com­mented, “Ale­sha over Ch­eryl? Bet she’s fum­ing. I thought she was meant to be some kind of X Fac­tor queen?”

A pal says, “Ch­eryl was thrilled to be asked back for Judges’ Houses. Ev­ery­one’s been telling her that she’s the first per­son he’ll be call­ing on to re­place him if the need arises. But she’s been lov­ing her time out of the lime­light and is re­ally torn over whether it’s the right de­ci­sion.”


And pals say a mas­sive part of Ch­eryl’s dilemma is her doubts over work­ing along­side ex-pussy­cat Doll, Ni­cole Scherzinger.

There’s been bad blood be­tween the pair since 2011, when Ni­cole, 39, took over from Ch­eryl on The X Fac­tor US panel fol­low­ing her shock ax­e­ing.

Ch­eryl – who first ap­peared on X Fac­tor in 2008 – later de­scribed their first en­counter as “awk­ward” and “re­ally em­bar­rass­ing” in her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, say­ing she was left cring­ing af­ter Ni­cole sang her track Prom­ise This back to her.

“I swear to God the woman sang the whole song, to my face. It was just so awk­ward,” she wrote.” Ni­cole later said of Ch­eryl’s re­marks, “I’d like to give her the ben­e­fit of the doubt and hope that she would only have spo­ken highly of me be­cause I’ve not spo­ken poorly of her.”

In July Ni­cole also raised eye­brows when she was spot­ted on a night out with Ch­eryl’s ex-hus­band, French restau­ra­teur Jean-bernard Fer­nan­dez-versini.


A source says, “Ch­eryl thinks it would be dif­fi­cult do­ing the show along­side Ni­cole when there’s been ten­sion in the past. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if Si­mon asks her.

“Bear is Ch­eryl’s pri­or­ity at the mo­ment. She can’t wait to re­launch her solo ca­reer, but she wants to strike the right bal­ance be­tween fam­ily life and her ca­reer. She wants as lit­tle stress as pos­si­ble if she re­turns to X Fac­tor long-term, and she’d def­i­nitely want a say on who was on the judg­ing panel.”

Mean­while, Si­mon, 58, said he had “a huge shock” when he was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter tum­bling down the stairs at his London home due to low blood pres­sure, and missed the first two shows fol­low­ing doc­tors’ ad­vice to rest.

The source says, “Ch­eryl’s been tex­ting Si­mon a lot be­cause she’s al­ways been close to him. He’s been like a fa­ther fig­ure to her and she wants to make sure that he’s OK.”


The singer along­side Si­mon on the tal­ent show in 2014

Ch­eryl de­scribed her first en­counter with Ni­cole as “awk­ward”

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