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Cheryl Cole's new single Promise This has leapt straight to number one on the charts

Cheryl Cole's new single Promise This has leapt straight to number one on the charts

Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle

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Simon Cowell criticised fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Cole for not paying enough attention to one of her contestants

Simon Cowell criticised fellow X Factor judge Cheryl Cole for not paying enough attention to one of her contestants

Nadine Coyle arrives at the Q Awards 2010 at Grosvenor House Hotel on October 25, 2010 in London, England

Nadine Coyle arrives at the Q Awards 2010 at Grosvenor House Hotel on October 25, 2010 in London, England

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Nadine Coyle poses in the press room at the Q Awards 2010  held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 25, 2010 in London, England

Nadine Coyle poses in the press room at the Q Awards 2010 held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 25, 2010 in London, England

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Cheryl Cole doesn't want her waxwork near Simon Cowell's

Cheryl Cole doesn't want her waxwork near Simon Cowell's

Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 MONDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2010.FROM TALKBACK THAMES TV FOR ITVTHE X FACTOR on Sunday 3rd October 2010 on ITV1Picture Shows: Rachel, Katie and Cher with CherylPicture Caption: The multi-award winning entertainment show returns to our screens for an explosive seventh series, following on from the ratings smash of last season, as the search for the next singing superstar reaches new levels.With new mum Dannii Minogue returning for Judgesâ Houses, this year will see a series of celebrity guest judges take their seats at the auditions.  They are Geri Halliwell, Katy Perry, Natalie Imbruglia, Nicole Scherzinger and Pixie Lott. They will join regular judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole as they travel across Britain and over to Ireland for the auditions, with the hopefuls trying to impress the judges and audiences of thousands.Dermot O'Leary returns to host the proceedings on ITV1 and will be on hand to celebrate with the successful acts and mop up the tears of those that aren't, whilst new to the team is Konnie Huq who will be fronting ITV2âs The Xtra Factor.Source: DigitalPicture Contact: Emily Page on emily.page@itv.com/020 715 73034 and Shane Chapman on shane.chapman@itv.com/020 715 73043COPYRIGHT: TALKBACK THAMES

THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 MONDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2010.FROM TALKBACK THAMES TV FOR ITVTHE X FACTOR on Sunday 3rd October 2010 on ITV1Picture Shows: Rachel, Katie and Cher with CherylPicture Caption: The multi-award winning entertainment show returns to our screens for an explosive seventh series, following on from the ratings smash of last season, as the search for the next singing superstar reaches new levels.With new mum Dannii Minogue returning for Judgesâ Houses, this year will see a series of celebrity guest judges take their seats at the auditions. They are Geri Halliwell, Katy Perry, Natalie Imbruglia, Nicole Scherzinger and Pixie Lott. They will join regular judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole as they travel across Britain and over to Ireland for the auditions, with the hopefuls trying to impress the judges and audiences of thousands.Dermot O'Leary returns to host the proceedings on ITV1 and will be on hand to celebrate with the successful acts and mop up the tears of those that aren't, whilst new to the team is Konnie Huq who will be fronting ITV2âs The Xtra Factor.Source: DigitalPicture Contact: Emily Page on emily.page@itv.com/020 715 73034 and Shane Chapman on shane.chapman@itv.com/020 715 73043COPYRIGHT: TALKBACK THAMES

Nadine Coyle

She was the voice of Girls Aloud from the beginning — the belter of big tunes who sailed effortlessly through each round of Popstars: The Rivals.

While Londonderry’s Nadine Coyle may have been the baby of the band, she was held up as the brightest star, the strongest singer in the five-piece and the member most likely to make it on her own.

In contrast, her band-mate Cheryl Tweedy, now Cole, found herself clinging on by her perfectly manicured fingernails on several occasions, with her performances failing to impress either the judges or the voting public.

So when Tweedy’s name was the first announced as having secured a place in the newly formed girl group, there was much surprise and even accusations of a mix-up.

Fast-forward eight years and how things have changed for both girls. While Cole is a hugely popular solo artist, a star of prime-time television and the bearer of the title ‘nation’s sweetheart’, the talented Coyle is somewhat out in the cold, struggling to match the success of her peer.

From both camps there are constant denials of a competition or cat-fight between them, but truth is it’s turning out to be the most spectacular of battles.

To observers it’s obvious that there has been a line drawn in the sand between Coyle and the rest of the band. Since autumn last year there’s been virtually no contact between herself and the other four girls and Coyle was noticeable by her absence when Cole performed her new single Promise This recently on The X Factor.

And Coyle — who is determined to assert her credentials as a musician rather than a celebrity — has had the odd swipe at her nemesis. In a recent interview she said singing had been a small part of being a member of Girls Aloud.

“After a while, you realise it’s more about miming on TV and doing a cute dance routine,” she said, maybe unaware Cole had come under fire for just that.

When Cole released her new single Promise This last week, it went straight to number one, helped in no small part by a performance on The X Factor.

It hasn’t managed to retain its grip on the top spot this week, but she’s still sitting pretty at number two and her second solo album Messy Little Raindrops is well on course to be number one next week.

In sharp contrast, the more proficient Coyle will be lucky if her debut single Insatiable, released last Monday, scrapes into the Top 20. In the mid-week charts it was positioned at number 26 and slowly climbing upwards. But, irrespective of what she says, that must leave a bitter taste in her mouth.

Coyle releases her solo album on Monday, through an exclusive deal with supermarket chain Tesco, but it’s unlikely to cause Ms Cole too many sleepless nights as she awaits her second solo number one album.

What Cole has in her favour is her visibility via The X Factor. Don’t underestimate its power. While Cole is poised for a number one in the album charts, two other acts who performed on the show recently — Jamiroquai and Bon Jovi — both have top five albums this week.

And Rihanna, another X Factor performer, will be number one in the singles charts this week.

While Coyle’s music is pure pop, with a bit of rock thrown in, Cole’s is edgier and appeals to a wider fanbase.

One is a pop singer, the other a popstar.

How ironic that they met on a show called The Rivals.

Belfast Telegraph