X Factor 2010: Simon Cowell insists that Cheryl Cole WAS lazy with Cher Lloyd

by Lisa McGarry

Simon Cowell has insisted that he was right to call Cheryl Cole lazy on last week’s X Factor.

After Cher Lloyd sang ‘Empire State Of Mind’ on last week’s American Anthems show, Simon Cowell hit out at her mentor saying:

Any other week I would call that an incredible performance but after last week I’m a little disappointed. Last week was 100% original this was a little bit copycat. I’m not blaming you but in the standard of the competition this year, to make the final you’ve got to be more original. I think your mentor got a little bit lazy.

Speaking about his comments in an interview with The People Cowell said:

I called Cheryl lazy because after a stunning performance by Cher the previous week, last week Cheryl gave her what I would call a lazy song choice.

Cher is better than that. I have a close enough relationship with Cheryl so that I know I can call her lazy on air. To be fair, she takes it on the chin as I also have to sometimes.

Cheryl gives as good as she gets, I like that. And this week I think you’ll see Cheryl has raised her game again.

Simon also defended Cheryl’s refusal to choose between Treyc Cohen and Katie Waissel on last week’s results show. Comparing the Girls Aloud star to America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne he said:

Look, Sharon Osbourne walked off the show when she was in that {situation, he says. Sharon literally walked off the show. Me in that situation, I would have probably tried keeping Katie.

But then again, I’m not mentoring both of them.

Look, it will happen again as well. There inst a rule book that says you have to do this.

Louis would have loved to have brought out a book saying you know, paragraph 1 E, sub-section 7.

I put it down to that fact you’ve got five seconds to make a decision, its live television, there’s pressure.

That’s why we make live shows, you don’t know what is going to happen.

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!