X Factor staff were said to be concerned for the wellbeing of Cher Lloyd, after she lost her voice at judges houses and became hysterical with worry about her performance.
The 16 year old from Malvern in Worcestershire was first seen impressing Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Natalie Imbruglia at her initial audition, when she sang Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy. On Sunday’s bootcamp show, Cher wowed Nicole Scherzinger with her original take on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida.
She sailed through to Cheryl Cole’s judges houses group, but soon began suffering from vocal strain and sources say that she spent ‘most of Friday night crying and moaning’ about her performance for Cole and Will.i.am.
An insider told The Mirror:
“All of the girls were sharing rooms and were coupled up together.
“Cher was supposed to be sharing with Katie Weissel but she spent most of Friday night crying and moaning because she was so nervous.
“There were a lot of tears from all the girls and then Cher started to lose her voice and she got even more hysterical. In the end she had to be moved from the others to calm her down.
“But this is just the beginning of the show really, and if Cher wants to win she needs to learn how to cope.”
Cher sparked similar concerns at bootcamp, when it was noticed that she was rarely eating and seemed terrified by the whole experience. At the time, a source told The Daily Mail:
‘Everyone was worried about Cher, she was extremely nervous and shaking at some points.
‘She is quite bolshy on stage, but she sat by herself at lunch. She didn’t eat much and looked frail and vulnerable as she was accompanied by a member of production.
‘If she gets through to the live shows next month – which she is a shoo-in for – she will have to be given a bit of extra special attention. She is very young.’
Watch Cher’s judges houses performance on tonight’s X factor – 7.05pm on ITV1.