Cheryl who? X Factor's Raign all smiles outside ITV despite judge's criticism

Published Monday, Sep 22 2014, 14:26 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor hopeful Raign was in a fighting spirit this morning as she posed outside the ITV studios striking the show's signature 'X' pose.

The singer-songwriter has made it through to Boot Camp on the current 11th series of the talent contest but not without dividing the judges and creating plenty of buzz!

X Factor contestant Raign outside ITV studios, 22 September 2014

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Over the weekend, we saw Raign performing her own song, 'Don't Let Me Go', at her Wembley Arena audition.

But while she got three yeses from Mel B, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh - and a massive reaction from the crowd - fourth judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini made it perfectly clear that Raign wasn't her cup of tea.

X Factor contestant Raign auditioning at Wembley Arena, 20 September 2014


Looking bemused by the audience cheers as Raign performed, the newlywed singer was seen muttering: "She's so annoying." She later said: "I can't stand her. I couldn't work with her. I'm allergic to her."


But Raign, who didn't hear Cheryl's comments until watching the show back, looked anything but bothered as she smiled for cameras outside ITV.

X Factor contestant Raign outside ITV studios, 22 September 2014

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X Factor contestant Raign outside ITV studios, 22 September 2014

© WENN / Rocky

And why should she be bothered?! She's through to the next round with the support of three judges, she clearly intrigues Simon, who pondered how to change her from the Wicked Witch into Goldilocks, and she's got everyone talking about her.

Oh, and she scored a number one in the Russian music charts earlier this summer. Plus, while Cheryl wasn't so keen on Raign's performance, she did admit Raign is a pretty talented songwriter.

And even if X Factor doesn't work out, the unique singer has clearly already got a fan base. She's just released the music video to (the rather fab) song 'A Queen's Head' and it's racking up the views!

Watch it here:

After this weekend's auditions, she tweeted: "Over whelmed. Thank you so much for the support #teamRAIGN. God is great x."

No wonder she looked in such a good mood this morning!

X Factor: Was Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's criticism of Raign too harsh?
ABSOLUTELY - She doesn't even know her.37.20%
NO WAY - I completely agree with what Chez says.44.51%
KIND OF - She's entitled to her opinion but maybe should have toned it down.18.29%

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