X Factor: Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson and Katie Waissel complain about Cheryl to Simon Cowell

X Factor finalists Cher Lloyd, Rebecca Ferguson and Katie Waissel have reportedly sought out show boss Simon Cowell, to complain about their mentor Cheryl Cole.

The girls were said to be upset when Cole jetted off to LA last week, but realised that it actually made very little difference as they rarely see her anyway.

A show source said: ‘The girls did speak to Simon and complained that Cheryl spends barely any time with them.

‘Cheryl went to Los Angeles last week, but it didn’t even matter really as she only ever really sees the girls on Fridays for a final run-through, when other judges like Dannii [Minogue] and Louis [Walsh] are working so hard – and Simon, of course, is spending all his time with One Direction.

‘Cheryl did have the girls in for a glass of champagne on Sunday night, but they are all a little peeved, to say the least, and tensions are running high.’

Speaking on This Morning, the show’s latest eliminee Treyc Cohen admitted that other than during the live shows, she only saw Cheryl Cole once a week, on dress rehearsal day.

When asked if she felt ‘let down’ by her mentor, the 26 year old told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby:

No, I don’t think Cheryl let me down, she gave me as much time as she gave the other girls. We saw her on rehearsal day, if there was ever a problem with song choices we could always phone and say “I’m not happy.” She was always there if we needed her but we only saw her on rehearsal day.

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!