The Take That star obviously appreciated having the Geordie lass with him, tweeting: âThank you @CherylCole for all your help this weekend. The contestants and I loved having you there xx.â?
But Simon Cowell’s âwelcome backâ? tweet to Cheryl was less well received, with the Girls Aloud singer replying: âIâm not doing this for him. I am doing this for Gary as heâs my friend and he asked me to do it.â?
It seems the long-running feud continues…
Robbie Williams was the firm favourite to help out his bandmate in the house rounds, but now it looks as if the dad-to-be will host a masterclass for contestants during the live auditions, helping them work on stage presence and vocal performance. The Let Me Entertain You star is also expected to sing live on the show, no doubt plugging his soon-to-be-released solo album.
Cheryl, who has an autobiography coming out soon, is also expected to perform (live?) on the show, with judge Tulisa also taking to the mic at some point.
Elsewhere in the news was the bizarre revelation that Simon Cowell apparently ordered TV execs to bring back Dannii Minogue on X Factor, telling ITVâs director of television Peter Fincham that “everyone will be looking at her t*ts”.
The claim, made by the media mogulâs biographer Tom Bower in his book Sweet Revenge, also reveals that the deal only fell through because the broadcaster would not stump up the Australian’s massive Â£5 million appearance fee.
Cowell is rumoured to have had an affair previously with 40-year-old Dani, admitting he was obsessed with âher hair, the sexy clothes â and the t*tsâ?.
The book also reveals that the multi-millionaire suffered a collapse under the strain of his professional and personal life, with fellow judge Walsh urgently drafted in to replace him on the X Factor US judging panel at a cost of Â£160,000 at two days notice.