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Cheryl lights up Oxford Street

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini got into the festive spirit as she switched on the Christmas lights in London's Oxford Street tonight.

The X Factor judge - who looks set to claim her fifth number one single with I Don't Care on Sunday - wowed the crowds in a stunning black military tunic-style jacket.

She was joined by chart-topping group Rixton and singer Jess Glynne at the event, hosted by the street's John Lewis store.

The singer, who wore her hair tied back, topped off her coat with a blinged-up poppy as she pushed the button to illuminate the famous shopping magnet.

Thousands gathered to help count down to the moment when she hit the button, turning on a display featuring 750,000 lower-energy LED bulbs, strung along the length of the famous London street.

The illumination ceremony also featured a performance of the carol O Holy Night by teenage competition winner Lauren Mae Kidd.

The 16-year-old from north London won a social media talent competition to make her public debut at the event.

She taught herself to play the guitar before honing her skills at the True Stars Academy, a theatre school set up by EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella in 2010.

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