X Factor's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini puts stomach on display at auditions

Published Wednesday, Jul 8 2015, 15:51 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
After hitting back at trolls, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini showed off her stomach as she stepped out for X Factor auditions earlier today.

Arriving at Event City in Manchester, Cheryl made sure all eyes were on her as she made her way into the first round of the talent show's auditions, kicking off the beginning of the X Factor style stakes...

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives for The X Factor audition, Manchester
8 July

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Choosing to keep things understated for her first day back in the X Factor office, Cheryl opted for high-waisted trousers with a matching eyelet crop top.

And thanks to her skimpy crop, onlookers got a good glimpse at Chezza's stomach as well as her petite frame.

Just recently, Cheryl was forced to hit back after receiving criticism about her figure online. After being called a "bag of bones" on one of her Instagram posts, the former Girls Aloud star slammed users of the photo-sharing app for bodyshaming.

She said: "I'm so f***ing sick of people thinking it's ok to be mean or body shame anyone, and it's woman on woman. Have some respect and maybe think there may be reasons why before opening your mouth please... I am just tired of the ignorance. At some point it's just enough. Some people are naturally thin. My mother is all of 4'11 and six stone something. And is incredibly healthy and happy."

As per, the recently turned 32-year-old's make-up and shoulder-grazing locks were so on point.

Cheryl's arrival at the X Factor auditions today came after Nick Grimshaw greeted fans before making his way inside the venue. He will make his X Factor debut along with Rita Ora as they join Cheryl and Simon Cowell on the judging panel this series.

Nick Grimshaw arrives for first X Factor auditions in Manchester
8 July

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Nick Grimshaw spotted arriving for auditions earlier.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack arrive at Event City, Trafford Park, Manchester for the X Factor Audtions - 8 July 2015.

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Caroline and Olly were also there to kick things off.

This time round marks Cheryl's fifth stint as judge on The X Factor and the starlet has said she is "more excited than ever" to be a part of the show.

Following the announcement of Rita and Nick as the new judges, she said: "I haven't been as excited about an X Factor season since I first became a judge. The addition of Rita and Grimmy along with some interesting changes we've made to the format has refocused us to do what we do best, finding talent and making stars."

As well as making changes to the judges and presenting team, Simon has promised the competition's format will be different too - although we'll have to wait until the X Factor hits our screens to find out how.

The music mogul has hinted the show will be doing all it can to pull in ratings, claiming this year is "make or break".

That may be so, but we still can't wait for its return, right?

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