Cheryl admits she DOESN'T watch The X Factor and wants Honey G to win the show

Published Tuesday, Nov 22 2016, 12:13 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Who knew?! Cheryl is backing Honey G to win The X Factor.

The former judge has revealed she is rooting for the rapper as Honey G is a firm favourite with her nieces and nephews, although that doesn't mean Cheryl has been tuning in to see Honey G in action.

Cheryl on The One Show, BBC
2 November

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X Factor: Honey G versus Ryan Lawrie


In an interview with Hello!, Cheryl admitted she hasn't been watching The X Factor, following her decision to quit the show earlier this year.

When asked if she's been keeping up with this series' competition, Cheryl said: "No I haven't - should I be?"

She then added: "I have heard a lot about Honey G though... My nieces and nephews think she is great and I really hope she wins, just for them."

Cheryl was last seen on The X Factor judging panel last year and mentored Reggie 'N Bollie to second place, after returning to the show in 2014. She had initially joined Simon Cowell on The X Factor in 2008 before leaving three years later.

The 'Crazy Stupid Love' singer announced her decision to quit The X Factor in April, so she could focus on her music again.

Cheryl said in a statement: "I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on The X Factor. I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I've missed making music and am excited to be recording again.

"I want to thank everybody I have worked with along the way, especially Simon who I love to bits. I hope the show continues to produce stars and I wish them all the best."

Reggie 'N' Bollie await the result of the public vote on the results show for the final of 'The X Factor. 13 December 2015.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

Cheryl on The X Factor with Reggie 'N Bollie in 2015.

Fans have since seen Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger join Simon on the show and we're currently well into the competition's live shows.

Louis, Simon and Nicole all have just one act left. Louis has boyband 5 After Midnight, Simon has Emily Middlemas and Nicole has Matt Terry, following the recent exit of her act Ryan Lawrie.

Sharon, meanwhile, has two: Saara Alto and Honey G.

X Factor: Honey G versus Ryan Lawrie


Honey G has been up against it since her very first audition on The X Factor, with some branding her a "novelty act". She, however has insisted claims she is a "joke" act on the show are "insulting" and she is serious about making a name for herself when it comes to rap music.

Honey G was saved by the judges on Sunday night's results show (20 November), meaning Ryan became the seventh contestant to be sent home.

While that decision prompted a bit of a backlash online, Ryan insisted that Honey G deserves her place on the show.

During an appearance on ITV's Lorraine, Ryan said: "Honey G puts the work in just as much as any of us do so no, I don't think she deserved to go. I think Honey G deserved to stay as she has worked really hard and deserves it as much as any of us."

The X Factor continues Saturday 26 November on ITV.

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