Furious X Factor fans were disgusted by Cheryl’s X-Rated performance on tonight’s results show – and not just because of the ‘awful’ vocals.
The former judge returned to the X Factor studio seven years after leaving the hot seat for her first stage performance in four years.
The Geordie singer, 35, may have misjudged her audience for the pre-watershed gig as viewers slammed her for putting on an outrageous display for the family show.
Cheryl, who is mother to baby Bear, started by crawling on the floor while licking her hand in bizarre scenes.
She then started gyrating on stage with a dozen hunky male dancers while singing her new track Love Made Me Do It.
Cheryl started her comeback performance on the floor
She was surrounded by hunky dancers
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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who is close friends with her ex Liam Payne, looked a bit hot under the collar as he watched Cheryl from the judges’ desk.
One viewer said: "This is actually s***… Why did she lick her hand at the start there…"
"Cheryl licking her hand tattoo is about as appealing as this performance/song," added another.
A third said: "I just don’t understand? Cheryl? Can she even sing? … bizzaare"
"Not sure if it’s the sound or she just can’t sing, but this sounds bad," said a fourth.
Cheryl gyrated around on stage
Her vocals did not go down very well
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Producers must have been sweating over her performance, which took a lot of inspiration from her sultry music video for the new song.
They will fear a similar backlash to 2010, where performances by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera received thousands of complaints to Ofcom.
The judges seemed impressed and gave her a standing ovation after the performance ended.
Nile appeared to stay sat down
There were also claims that Nile Rodgers, who is filling in for Robbie Williams, appeared not to stand up after her performance.
Fans flocked to Twitter in shock, with one tweeting: "Haha Nile Rogers is VERY cool about denying Cheryl a standing ovation – every performance should be judged on its merits after all! #XFactor."
Another commented: "Nile is iconic for not standing up for Cheryl… #Xfactor."
However other fans pointed out that Nile had stood – but had sat down quickly after.
Cheryl’s performance took inspiration from her new video
There were also hunky male dancers
However, Cheryl might feel that a a controversial display could be the remedy for the slow start to her comeback.
it might give her new single, which languished at a lowly number 19 in the charts on its debut, the boost it desperately needs.
Especially as Cheryl has vowed to quit her pop career if there isn’t enough interest in her new solo music.
*X Factor airs tonight on ITV at 8.10pm
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