Daily Mail: Cheryl Cole delivers 'incredible' performance on X Factor as
comeback queen Whitney Houston almost loses her dress
By Sara Nathan, Jo Clements and Chris Johnson
Last updated at 12:17 PM on 19th October 2009
She was dreading
performing on the same night as music legend Whitney Houston, but at least
Cheryl Cole managed to keep her clothes on.
The Girls Aloud star was first up on X Factor last night as she took to the
stage in a red and black military-inspired outfit to sing Fight For This
But soul diva Whitney Houston was left red-faced after a strap at the back
of her long silver dress snapped open midway through her performance of
Million Dollar Bill.
The 46-year-old singer,
making her first UK TV appearance in 12 years, shrugged off the wardrobe
malfunction, however, joking to host Dermot O'Leary afterwards: 'I sang
myself out of my clothes.'
Cheryl and Whitney put on
show-stopping performances, but both appeared to be singing over
Miss Cole, 26, who performed an energetic Janet Jackson-style dance routine
with a group of backing dancers, apparently sang the first verse her debut
solo single live. But she then she appeared to lip-synch through the
rest of the song. ‘Her vocals sounded a little shaky during the first
part of her performance, but then it miraculously came together,’ one
audience member said. ‘It was fairly obvious she was miming. Even the
live bits were sung over a very prominent backing track.’ But
afterwards, Simon Cowell gave his fellow judge high praise, describing her
performance as 'incredible'.
He told her: ‘That was
incredible. I'd have you in my category any day. You’ve got a lot of stick
this week, but it’s really hard coming from there [the judge’s seats] to up
there [the stage].
‘But that was an incredible performance. And unfortunately you’re going to
be number one next week.’ Despite slating X Factor rejects Kandy Rain
last week for their provocative clothing, Cheryl wore an almost identical
sheer black top to that of Coco Lloyd, one of the four members of the band.
She teamed her outfit with a red hat and jacket, and black trousers slashed
down the sides, and after her performance told host Dermot O'Leary: 'I feel
fantastic. I've really enjoyed myself.' She added: 'It feels like a
blur, it took me back to Popstars:The Rivals - I just wanted to say thank
you, I’m personally overwhelmed by the support I’ve had since I joined this
show, the production, crew, everyone, you’ve all made me feel so at home.'
She then sank into Dannii Minogue for a hug as she returned to her
seat in the studio. Miss Cole, who was made an X Factor judge last
year, had confessed she was ‘nervous’ about performing solo and had said she
wasn’t going to invite family or friends to the studio.
But when cameras panned across the audience, the singer’s Girls Aloud band
mates Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts were seen cheering
her on. Her husband, footballer Ashley Cole, was also there to watch.
But the night wasn't a complete triumph - Miss Cole's act, Rikki Lonely, was
eliminated from the competition after finding himself in the bottom two.
She had been criticised for choosing Aretha Franklin's Respect of the
21-year-old and she later said she was 'gutted' he was voted out.
Michael Buble and Westlife are set to perform on next week’s Sunday night
NEWSFILE: 18 OCTOBER 2009