Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

‘Petrified’ Cheryl bans family from her X Factor turn

Nervous Cheryl Cole has banned her family and friends from tonight’s X Factor show because she does not want to perform in front of them.

The Girls Aloud singer is to debut her solo single Fight For This Love on the show this weekend — but has admitted she is petrified of the performance.

And she said she would feel even more scared if her bandmates went to support her.

Cole said: “The girls are itching to come down to support me when I perform, but I kind of don't want them to — because it is more scary.”

Asked if husband Ashley or her mother would be in the studio, Cole said: “If my family are sat in the crowd... it depends which members of my family are in the crowd — some make me feel like 'Yeah I'm ready', and some make me feel 'Oh God no — Dad's in the crowd' so no, no family or friends.”

Cole’s performance will be pre-recorded, which has provoked harsh criticism from fans who believe she should perform live, like the X Factor contestants.

But Cole hit back, saying she intended to pre-record the song with a live vocal earlier in the day.

She also said that nerves were gripping everyone involved with the ITV show.

She said: “There are just nerves in the building — the contestants are giving off nervous energy, their family and friends are giving off nervous energy, and on top of that I'm going to go out and sing, and on top of that Whitney Houston is going to also sing too!”

Meanwhile Louis Walsh will be missing from the judging panel again tonight and tomorrow night.

The manager of Boyzone will be back home in Dublin, for the funeral of band member and close friend Stephen Gately.

Walsh, who is mentoring the bands on this year’s X Factor, was absent from last Sunday night’s live results show following Gately’s tragic death in Majorca last weekend.

It is understood he has been in regular contact with his two remaining X Factor acts, Miss Frank and Irish twins John and Edward.

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