The X Fac­tor is back... and Ch­eryl is moved to tears

Sunday Express - - Front Page - By Mark Reynolds

HAN­KIES at the ready...The X Fac­tor is back on TV tonight and so are the tears and the tantrums.

For re­turn­ing judge Ch­eryl Fer­nan­dez-Versini, the first show of the new se­ries is es­pe­cially sen­ti­men­tal.

The star is over­come when a blast from the past re­turns and per­forms a heart-rend­ing au­di­tion.

Amy Con­nolly, 25, reached the judges’ houses stage in the se­ries back in 2008 but never made the live shows.

She re­turns look­ing a lot dif­fer­ent and much more con­fi­dent and af­ter her per­for­mance of With You from the mu­si­cal Ghost, Ch­eryl bursts into tears, and sobs: “That was beau­ti­ful.”

Ch­eryl, 31, gets emo­tional again as Ir­ish teenager Ben Quin­lan, 19, ser­e­nades her be­fore hand­ing her a green rose.

New judge and for­mer Spice Girl Mel B, 39, is also moved to tears when for­mer ma­rine Jay James, 30, sings Great Big World’s Say Some­thing. She tells him: “You made me cry and I don’t cry!”

No tears from Si­mon Cow­ell, though. In­stead the 54-year-old loses his tem­per, smash­ing some­one’s gui­tar then re­fus­ing to pay for the dam­age.

He says: “It got so dreary. I could not lis­ten to an­other per­son mur­der a song with a gui­tar while star­ing at the floor. And I didn’t buy them a new one.”

Then he tells one con­tes­tant: “You sound like you’ve swal­lowed a bunch of dif­fer­ent peo­ple all scream­ing to come out.” The freaks and odd­balls are back on the show af­ter be­ing banned while Take That’s Gary Bar­low, 43, was a judge.

They in­clude “Jed­ward’’ style sis­ter act Blonde Elec­tric, hair­dresser Jale An­tor, 42, who dresses up as Ch­eryl, sales as­sis­tant Steve Cal­le­gari, 52, key­board player and plas­terer Shay­den Wil­lis, 39, and An­gelina Robin­son whose mum brings a Chi­nese food feast for the panel.

Mean­while the judges are bick­er­ing be­hind the scenes.

At a press con­fer­ence this week, Ch­eryl caused a stir by de­mand­ing to have Cow­ell’s luxury dress­ing room – which in­cludes a bath tub. Cow­ell re­sponded: “I paid for mine to be nice. You can’t have it. Maybe just use the bath. I’m not giv­ing it up.”

The mu­sic supremo said the for­mer Mrs Cole was fast be­com­ing “a princess” and “Miss Bossy Boots”. Just what the show needs, view­ers might

think.

X Fac­tor re­turns on ITV tonight at 8pm.

Ch­eryl Fer­nan­dez-Versini and Si­mon Cow­ell, with con­tes­tant Amy, above, and, right, shed­ding a tear

Tem­per tem­per... Si­mon Cow­ell smashes a gui­tar then re­fuses to pay for it

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