X Factor 2010: Simon Cowell & Cheryl Cole praise Katie Waissel’s media handling

X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have praised finalist Katie Waissel and how she handled all the recent negative press coverage she has received.

Katie has been criticised by ex boyfriends for being a desperate wannabe, suffered a backlash against her over Gamu Nhengu and more recently been accused of leaking stories suggesting she had slept with Matt Cardle.

On how she coped with the attention, her mentor Cheryl Cole told Konnie Huq:

“I think people appreciate the fact that she hasn’t moaned and groaned about the bad press. She has kept her chin up. She’s gone out there and still performed. She wore her heart on her sleeve last night. You couldn’t not be impressed by her performance, even if you didn’t like her.”

Also speaking on the Xtra Factor, Cowell added:

“I like the fact that the media write about the show. You get good stories and bad stories, but it’s better to be written about than not. I may get stick, but so what?

“At the end of the day, people vote on what they see on the night. I mean if you look at Katie she has had some bad stories written about her.The only way you deal with it is come out and sing well. The public aren’t idiots. They will make the right decision.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!