Former “X Factor” U.K. judge Cheryl Cole has made it clear who her favorite finalist was from the 2010 season. On October 27, 2011, Cole went out in a public show of support for Rebecca Ferguson (who came in second place on the show in 2010) before Ferguson’s free concert in Liverpool, England.
The Liverpool Echo has photos of the two singers going to Ferguson’s home in Liverpool, before Ferguson’s free concert at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The photos show Ferguson and Cole surrounded by fans and other well-wishers.
Meanwhile, Cher Lloyd (who came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010 and who was also mentored by Cole on the show) has given several interviews saying that she has not heard from Cole since Lloyd was voted off of “The X Factor.”
It seems to be a sore subject with Lloyd, because at the 2011 BBC Radio One Teen Awards (held October 9 in London), Lloyd lashed out at Heat magazine when she was asked about Cole and “The X Factor”:
“Seriously, why the f*ck does everyone ask me about Cheryl? We aren’t friends. I’m fed up of being asked about ‘The X Factor’ and Cheryl. You can print this, right … I don’t speak to Cheryl, we don’t speak, we don’t have anything to do with each other, so will everyone stop asking me about Cheryl? And ‘The X Factor’? Of course I’m watching it. What kind of a stupid question is that? How boring is that?”
Lloyd and Ferguson will be battling it out on the charts, as their respective debut albums are scheduled to be released less than one month apart in the U.K.
As previously reported, the release date for Lloyd’s debut album, “Sticks + Stones,” is November 7, 2011. “Swagger Jagger,” the first single from the album,” was a No. 1 hit in the U.K.
As previously reported, Ferguson’s debut album, “Heaven,” is set for a U.K. release on December 5, 2011. The album’s first single, “Nothing’s Real by Love,” goes on sale on November 27, 2011.
November 23, 2011 update: Cole posted this message on her Twitter account on November 23, 2011:
“Feels like I’ve blinked and we’re back in November, its been a crazy year. So proud of what my girls have achieved @CherLloyd and @RebeccaFMusic are doing so well!!”
Although this message is a kind gesture on Cole’s part, it still does not mean that Cole and Lloyd are on direct speaking terms. Meanwhile, some British tabloids have pointed out that former “X Factor” U.K. finalist Katie Wassell (who was also mentored by Cole on the show) was not mentoned in Cole’s Twitter message. Maybe that’s because Waissell didn’t get a record deal after she was on “The X Factor,” and Waissel has pretty much faded back into obscurity.