16-year-old Cher Lloyd wowed The X Factor judges with her rendition of Soulja Boy’s hit ‘Turn My Swag On’.
The performance led to a standing ovation from the audience and won high praise from Simon Cowell and fellow judges Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and guest judge Natalie Imbruglia.
Cheryl Cole said: “You are right up my street! You are actually my favourite audition so far. Little bit of attitude there, I like it.”
In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, Cher Lloyd admitted that she loves Cheryl and enjoys the fact that many people think she resembles her.
“I admire her fashion, her looks and I even have a tattoo of a musical note like hers on my hand.
“I’m not even old enough to have a tattoo, but I have three. I know it’s naughty. It’s funny when people say I look like her – we’re different, but I’ll take it as a compliment.”
On her hopes for the future she added:
“I want to be the female equivalent of Dappy in N-Dubz. I can sing as well as rap, but I’d love to become a world-famous rapper, so that’s what I hope to achieve from the show.”
But she has no plans to sing any songs by her namesake Cher. She said:
“I think I am named after Cher. I do know a few of her songs, but I’d draw the line at wearing a Cher outfit to a fancy dress party. Not cool.”
After Cher was given the thumbs-up by the panel on Saturday Night, she was quickly installed as the 5/1 favourite to win the entire contest. A spokesman from Ladbrokes, told OK Magazine, “Cher impressed Cheryl and the punters definitely took the bait. They seem to love her and she’s definitely the stand-out act of the series so far.”
Cher, from Malvern in Worcestershire, discussed her new found fame on the ‘This Morning’ show, saying, “It’s a bit weird I’d say. Because you’re walking down the street and no one takes any notice of you, then all of a sudden it’s like ‘Are you from X Factor?’ I don’t know what to do with myself then”.