When it comes to giving singers advice on how to own the stage, X Factor judge Cheryl has learnt it’s best not to use pop star Justin Bieber as an example. It leads to an awful lot of booing.
“You need to take control of the stage,” Cheryl told a young lad who’d failed to get the audience up on their feet at London’s Wembley Arena yesterday. “If Justin Bieber had come out at that age…” she began, before the huge roar of the audience's boos forced her to stop and wait.
“When they liked him…” she joked, quickly deciding there was someone better she could use to inspire the auditionee.
“If Harry Styles came on…” she continued, joking over the now excited screams of the One Direction fans, “there’s a better example.”
You may think booing while Cheryl is trying to speak is a tad rude. But fear not. The Crazy Stupid Love singer repeatedly told the crowd to get more rowdy, taking charge while Simon Cowell was absent with a migraine. She joked that without him there’d be “less rudeness – we’ll have a better time”.
Not that Cowell was too far from the judges' minds. While he was away the three judges - Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh - had a bit of fun trying to think up what he might say to the acts.
“I’m going to pretend I’m Simon Cowell,” said Walsh to one successful act, “Yes, darling.”
There was also a bobblehead toy of Cowell sat by his microphone, which was eventually swapped for the man himself.
X Factor is expected to return to ITV at the end of August
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