Cheryl Fernandez-Versini put newbie X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw firmly in his place when he accidentally called her 'Cheryl Cole' during an audition in London this week, making head judge Simon Cowell a tad uncomfortable.
Nick (aka 'Grimmers'), has known Cheryl for years so he should really know her name. Despite their friendship though, she didn't let him get away with it, snapping;
"It's Cheryl or Chezza!"
Fellow judge Rita Ora said "I'm backing away" and Simon winced, "Awkward, awkward!".
It's hardly surprising Nick made the slip of the tongue—Cheryl has been known as Cole since 2006 when she married footballer Ashley Cole—she then kept the name following their 2010 divorce, only changing it when she married Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini last July.
Cheryl is notoriously touchy about her name. Last October a warm up host accidentally used 'Cole' in front of a studio audience and tried to cover it up by joking about her lengthy new name. She replied;
"It's not hard to pronounce my name phonetically...unless you were arrogant and had no common sense."
Meow! The poor guy was forced to make a public apology after being bombarded with abuse from Chezza's Twitter fans. We're sure she'll forgive Grimmers though, she was delighted by his addition to the line up and has described him as 'hilarious'.
The new judging panel certainly seem to be having a ball judging by the photos being shared from backstage. On Thursday evening, Rita Ora posted an Instagram selfie which she titled "Best Simon Cowell Photo Of All Time" and we have to agree. It's an all time classic.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (as she is currently known, previously Cheryl Cole and Cheryl Tweedy) has suggested that today’s female singers should not;
“Have to sexualize yourself to sell music”
Is this the same Cheryl who has made a career out of doing just that?
The 31 year old ex Girls Aloud singer seems to have had amnesia when it comes to her previous clothing choices and has blamed the fleshy displays we see in our current singers on the “men behind the scenes”.
“The music industry is dominated by men behind the scenes. And older men, too. I mean, sexy and all that is great to an extent but you shouldn’t have to sexualize yourself to be selling music.”
A point well made. And we get that she’s been in the industry since 2002 and has of course grown up and matured. However, surely it’s a little unwise of her to refer to the older men behind the music industry when she is currently employed by music industry veteran Simon Cowell?
And isn’t it just a tad hypocritical to decry the very method she has happily employed over the last 13 years?
Only Human, the latest album from Cheryl Cole (a.k.a. Cheryl Tweedy a.k.a. Cheryl a.k.a. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini), hasn't performed too well on the charts so far, but it's had a surprising amount of success with its singles.
The first two singles from the set, Crazy Stupid Love and I Don't Care, have both hit No. 1 in the UK, and now CC's trying to make it three-in-a-row with the album's electronic title track.
Like all Cheryl Cole/Fernandez/Whatever music videos, the Only Human visual is a glamorous affair that makes the most out of the British star's flawless beauty. This time around the 31-year-old gets in touch with the elements and the universe at large, which makes for a gorgeous backdrop of flames, shooting stars, and storm clouds for Cheryl to smoulder and toss her hair in front of.
I don't think this will be a hit (Cheryl's singles usually flop after the first one or two come out), but maybe she'll prove us wrong this time.
Check it out below.