Video: Cheryl Cole Mimes On X-Factor

Published: Sunday 24th Oct 2010 by Sam

X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole employed the use of studio wizardry to aid her much-hyped performance on the hit ITV1 show tonight. This despite vowing to ‘sing live’ earlier this week.

Check out her performance of ‘Promise This’ after the jump…

All spectacle, no substance.

As well as the hordes of distracting weave, it was difficult to overlook Cole’s blatant lipsyncing. The 27 year old, who struggles to sound good standing still, is supposedly note-perfect when whipping her hair up and down the stage? Please.

Fans of Janet, Jennifer Lopez, and even Beyonce (occasionally), will be well-versed in their art of pre-recording – something Ms. Cole has clearly been paying attention to. Add a few breathy parts, ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ahh’s’ into the performance, and bingo…a ‘live performance’. Not impressed.

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  1. hg October 24, 2010

    she didnt mime, ur jus a f***** hater

  2. Beyonslay October 24, 2010

    WHO THE F*** CARES IF SHE MIMED, SHE SLAYED AND A HALF.,

    I’M PROUD OF YOU GIRL. YOU WERKED IT.

    I LOVE CHERYL! !!!!!!!!!!! <3

  3. Li October 24, 2010

    OH SAM GIVE IT A BREAK…. YOUR OLD FAVE KELLY WOULDNT HAVE GIVEN WHAT CHERYL JUST DID ON THAT STAGE… BLAH

  4. Little Mariah October 24, 2010

    1. she DID NOT mimi
    2. sam, all you do is hate.
    3. she slayed AND i’m a janet stan
    4. she IS NOT trying to be janet or britney or anyone, she is herself
    5. I LOVE CHERYL COLE !! amaaaaazing performance

  5. TheEverwing October 24, 2010

    I’d rather have this type of high energy performance over those boring ass Senior Citizen performances Kelly Row be putting together.

    CHERYL SLAYED THAT S***! NO. 1 on Itunes already before the performance on X-Factor.

  6. Pedro KooR October 24, 2010

    she didnt mime, ur jus a f***** hater [2]

    =*

    Chezza KILLED IT!

  7. hg October 24, 2010

    u always hating on cheryl, kelly aint never been on that stage, think about that

  8. Jeniva October 24, 2010

    She mimed some parts and sang live others.. shes a flopp anyway.. how can u only release songs and albums when your on the xfactor? fully knowing noone would hear it any other time.. KMT

  9. UGh October 24, 2010

    don’t really know who she is but the song is ok. i don;t the ” a lu wetta, wetta’ part of whatever she’s says.

  10. MUSIC LOVER October 24, 2010

    She is so fucken s***, terrible song though, an overall good performance~

  11. honey October 24, 2010

    she mimes and she has the nerve to judge peoples voices!! arrgh makes me mad she is an embarrassment if it wasnt for ashley coles cheating ways she wouldnt be as big as she is now…i say let her go to america and then we shall see what the US think of her “talent”!

  12. Daniel October 24, 2010

    Cheryl cole was amazing tonight!!! Shes the nations sweetheart!!
    <3

  13. True October 24, 2010

    she did mime

    how you say, well let’s see when usher performed live he was out of breath because he was singing & dancing at the same time. when they perform live you can hear/see when they breathe on the mic. now it wasn’t usher best performance but at least he does it live compared to Cheryl who is a judge in a singing contest who doesn’t sing live on the show she judges. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFD7NkJ0vXM&feature=related

    You would think with all the money she earns she could hires a good vocal coach & with a lot of practice pull off one good live performance but NO she too scared & lazy to even try which is why people will always give her a hard time as a singer. She has to prove herself it’s about time she step up her game and sings live.

  14. getting_licked_out October 24, 2010

    meh, this is cheryl cole not mariah carey – who cares?!!

  15. Zomn October 24, 2010

    She wasn’t singing 100% live.

  16. WOW October 24, 2010

    Get over yourselves TGJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She was at least 90% LIVE with this performance. I agree some parts were mimed but a huge amount of it was LIVE…. she only done what a lot of other artists do. Last week Usher wasn’t 100% live. TGJ clearly just have a lot of hate for Cheryl but at the end of the day the song will still be a smash as will the album and Cheryl will be around for a few years yet so get used to it.
    On a final note you can’t say it’s okay for some artists to mime and not others thats double standards which I have noticed happens A LOT on this site!!! lol

  17. MARILYN October 24, 2010

    WOW SO SAM JUST COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF THE PERFORMANCE JUST SO THAT HE COULD PUT ALL HIS ENERGY INTO FOCUSING ON THE NEGATIVE?
    TRUE EXAMPLE OF A STRAIGHT UP HATER – ALL HE DOES IS HATE ON CHERYL YT HE COULDN’T WAIT TO SCOWER YOUTUBE TO POST HER PERFORMANCE.
    SEEK SOME HEALING BOY
    WAY TO GO CHERYL!!! GET THAT UK #1

  18. chris October 24, 2010

    As usual another hater review from this blog, all you do is moan and b****, Cheryl, Rihanna, Christina etc etc, the only people you speak highly of are people who have given you interviews, what a joke!

  19. Aryo October 24, 2010

    this b**** sux, hope she gets sick again nxt year so that she cant be on the US show.

  20. harvey October 24, 2010

    OMG…I freaking love cheryl…but she cant really handle promise this with all that dame danceing.she has talen but just needa stay workin on them vocals alittle nobody the perfact vocalist to belt live so I gave this 4.5.

  21. Nadjee October 24, 2010

    @Chris

    Trey Songz interviewed and he still throw shade at him. Beyonce has never interviewed and he rarely throw shades at her.

  22. harvey October 24, 2010

    And yall act like the b**** got…them falsetto vocals like cassie hell naww.

  23. Salz October 24, 2010

    @Aryo
    THAT’S HORRIBLE

  24. DANBOFFICIAL October 24, 2010

    SHE WAS LOOKIN VERY MILEY CYRUS TONIGHT, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE WAS WALKING NEAR THE JUDGES, SHE WAS DOING THE ***MILEY CYRUS STRUT***

    OF COURSE SHE WAS MIMING BUT THE PERFORMANCE WAS HOT.

    MAY I ADD….

    JANET HAS BEEN DOIN THIS FOR 20 YEARS AND IS NOW CONSIDERD A *LEGEND*……

    AND B**** TRIED SWAGGA JACKIN XTINA’S HAND MOVEMENTS ON THE MIC NEAR THE END OF THE PEFRORMANCE……

    NO.

    MHMMMM SWEETIES……..THATS ALL IM SAYING….

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY*

  25. Ana October 24, 2010

    The performance was awful. Clearly mimed and the dancing was bad.

  26. Pliss October 24, 2010

    JLO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>this wanabee cole!

  27. Traci October 24, 2010

    SLAYED

  28. WHITEJESUS October 24, 2010

    i thought Samantha liked spectacles and lively performances which is what this was.

  29. carl October 24, 2010

    UMM DID EVER BRING QUEEN BEY’S NAME IN YOUR RAGGEDY POST! I LOVE HOW CHERYL DOUGIED!!!

  30. ChEeRfUl CyNiC October 24, 2010

    me and my mom ctfu when we heard this

  31. FUTURESTARdelux October 24, 2010

    TBH I expected more from Cheryl performance wise, her dancing wasn’t even that great IMO although towards the end i saw her trying to go Beyonce with that breakdown and B face when the camera zoomed in on her lol

    I actually like the song (the only one of hers i do besides “Parachute”) but i think it’s the “Alouette” that makes it so catchy. She mimed most of it but you could tell she sang abit because those bit’s sounded raw and not in a good way.

    I think she gets so much shine as a dancer because at the moment there arn’t many girls that dance in Britain, in fact there are no others and all the others like Beyonce, Britney, Janet & JLO are out of action at the moment and we all know Ciara would die before she actually performs on TV.

    P.S LMMFAO at “More than One Million albums sold Worldwide” *DEAD* please can we get some real stars up in here? Wonder if Kylie will perform this year?

  32. Denise October 24, 2010

    Im actually a cheryl cole fan but even i can’t deny she mimed! She’s not a strong singer but is a class dancer! She put on a good show and enphasised her strong point (dancing) but probably shud have attempted a verse or something since it’s a singing competion! It’s the same with usher last week!
    Now im a chez AND usher fan! So i ain’t a hater I’m just bein honest… 🙂

  33. antertain October 24, 2010

    TGJ dont hate Cheryl BUT we all know Chezza can’t sing live like that..

    What I do appreciate is the overall performance which i think she did very well on.
    She bangs out a decent routine and rock it with the weave lol.

    Good Job I say and at least she dances and entertains to compensate for lack of vocal abilities.

    Let’s see what RiRi brings next week.

  34. Sarah October 24, 2010

    She’s a disgrace- she has the nerve to sit there and judge contestants and critique them like some sort of expert but then she gets on the stage and mimes like some sort of amateur. If she gets the US X-factor gig I hope the American media rips her to shreds.

  35. Amy October 24, 2010

    She isn’t a bad dancer but that alone doesn’t warrant her all the success that she has achieved. Its pure hype and marketing that have gotten her where she is today. I’d love to have seen her on stage by herself and without an army of dancers to see how well she had done. She’s nothing without big stage productions and pre-recorded vocals.

  36. Len October 25, 2010

    Well, its not like singing talent is required in the music industry anymore..

  37. Biatchplease October 25, 2010

    Her dancing was stiff in parts and for goodness sake it looks like she ramsacked britneys extension closet.

    How she can judge people in the final 12 when they are probably all better vocalists then her I don’t know..

    Nadine needs to hurry and sit this b**** down.

  38. Jermany October 25, 2010

    WOW SHE SLAYED FORREAL..DAT WHITE CHICK GOT A N**** BONE IN HER..LOVE IT/ HER!! SAM UR A HATER

  39. dboy October 25, 2010

    wow for the first time i know what rihanna fans feel like coming to the site

    sam/trent’s hate is awaiting them

    but in beyonce’s words,” tell me why, you gotta lie” you said the performance would be pre-recorded LIE #1 then now you sany she lip-sang

    if ur gonna hate, at least employ ur sentiments and them only

    i guess i’ll just ignore anything you post on cheryl cus i cant trust ur hating ass

  40. carla October 25, 2010

    sorry, what kind of stiff, whack dancing was that. I’m not feeling it

  41. DION-ISH October 25, 2010

    I Thought she did pretty damn good…..And She sounded good too!!

    Im Impressed?!

    I See myself becoming a Cheryl Cole Fan…..Oh Goodness! lol

  42. Sakaria October 25, 2010

    OMG you can tell she didnt mime you looser
    she sang this live i think you dont have the ear for music buddy

  43. Sam&TrentSUCK October 25, 2010

    Who cared if she mined she is not the bloody first and won’t be the last, you stupid c**t

  44. ERIC October 25, 2010

    SHE F****** KILLED IT! SHE F****** OWNED IT! SHE JUST HAD A LIVE BACKING TRACK LIKE MOST OF ARTISTS DO! I MUST CONFESS HER SINGING HASN’T IMPROVED MUCH, BUT SHE SANG THIS F****** LIVE! DON’T LIE TO YOURSELVES BORING ASS-HOLES!

  45. Jinx October 25, 2010

    Looked AMAZING
    Cant sing though

  46. J J October 25, 2010

    LOOKED AMAZING
    CANT SING

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  48. Cole Fan October 25, 2010

    BETTER THAN ANY BEYONCE PERFORMANCE….#SLAYED

    B**** BETTER WERK

  49. Trent Is The Moron October 25, 2010

    WELL OF COURSE NO TALENT CHERYL COLE MIMED… THIS IS NO SUPRISE. SAME S*** EXCUSE EVERY YEAR. SHE CANT SING LIVE CUZ SHE HAS “CONFLICTING JUDGING DUTIES”. WTF? NOTICE SHE WEARS THE SAME WEAVE AS YESTERDAY FOR CONSISTENCY CUZ IT WAS ALREADY PRE-RECORDED FOR TODAY. LOLZ.

  50. ricojones October 25, 2010

    Oh give it a rest. Kelly Rowland sings selective parts of a song and she doesn’t dance half as much. Why give Cheryl such a hard time? Wow – she mimed parts. Get a grip Sam. Look at the positive – it’s a wonder artists want to get interviewed on your blog – all you do is diss them.

  51. Peter October 25, 2010

    Could you tell me just ONE performance where Beyonce has not sung live?? She has never lip synched!!!! Try to be more objective with your comments Sam.

  52. Jay1 October 25, 2010

    Erm what do you expect her to sing like Jazmine Sullivan.. We all know she hasn’t a great voice GET OVER IT! Sam your a b****!

  53. KVSMART October 25, 2010

    No Beyoncé!

  54. Danni October 25, 2010

    Well I’m starting to warm to her now. I think she is stepping up her game and it was a good performance.

  55. anne October 25, 2010

    I think that Cheryl cole is a joke- can’t sing, thin voice, miming and high school dancing. NOt impressed at all. she won’t make it here. The Brits are easily impressed with a pretty face and that’s about all she has going for her.

    This album won’t do as well as ‘3 words’ NEXT!
    Ciara can sing and dance better than C Cole- not even a competition and i’m not a Ciara fan.

  56. No October 25, 2010

    If dancing is her thing, then the US has much better dancers than her.

  57. FUSION October 25, 2010

    To be fair, if that was Janet performance or Ciara, people would be raving about how the performance killed it. In fact, people would say that given the level of dancing, it was ok for them to mime and they are both just as talentless in the vocal department. I am not a Cheryl fan btw, I like both Janet and Ciara more – I just hate the double standards. SMH.

  58. gaz October 25, 2010

    She’s about as talented as dog s**t in my opinion. All you silly litlle teenagers haven’t a clue about talent as you’ve all grown up with glorified karaoke competitions like the X factor. All this show has done is destroy music as an art and replaced it with manufactured idiots like cherly cole who can’t hold a tune if her life depended on it (hence the miming she did). We wont see decades like the 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s again for music. I’d be ashamed if my generation was the naughties for music.

  59. elleuk October 25, 2010

    please of course she was lip syncing a pre recorded track, there are parts of her performance notably from 2.54 where you can see that she is lip syncing.
    which considering the high level dance performance is fine, but how she can critise
    the contestants’ live performance is beyond me. then again xfactor is an entertainment show
    not a talent show.

  60. yo October 25, 2010

    the worst thing is that she started out on a singing show.. won her place in a girl group and now has forgotten what it is to sing live!

  61. dyndyn October 25, 2010

    mime or not, she killed it. nuff said. and im not even a cheryl cole fan.

  62. I & I (yardie style) October 25, 2010

    I am seriously wondering if i am seeing/hearing the same performance. This is directed to those who said she slayed. Really???!! Whether she mimed or not, that sounded B-A-D-D, bad.

  63. True October 25, 2010

    the main point is not about beyonce, Janet ,ciara because they all proved them self in one big live performance.
    the point is even ciara who got allot of flake because she not a strong singer tried to prove herself vocally.

    but Cheryl Cole who is a main judge of Britain biggest singing completion can judge others on their performance & vocals but won’t sing live herself it called being a hypocrite.

    so you would think that would motivate her to prove herself in a performances but instead she hinds behind pre-recorded vocals & dancers. it’s all good saying you want to be singer but what is the point if you don’t even sing.
    sing for your fans because they spend allot of money to see you sing live but get ripped off.

  64. FUSION October 26, 2010

    Ciara’s done s*** to prove herself vocally. Moreover, no standout performance, she’s far from a legend. I don’t even like Cheryl – I just hate the double standards.

  65. Mee October 26, 2010

    I don’t really like Cheryl personally, but i have to admit that for most of this performance she WAS live.

  66. iFreakum October 26, 2010

    That was a good performance! love the song!

  67. lola October 27, 2010

    I have no idea who the hell she is. I just researched her and couldn’t believe how strikingly beautiful she is! Wow, she’s hot as hell and I don’t mean that in a homo way. The performance wasn’t bad but the song sucks and so does her voice! I mean, she sings better than most of the singers out right now, but she sounds like an American country singer… at least in that song she does. Her dancing was okay, but I agree with the person who said her performances wouldn’t be nothing without all of those backup dancers and the extravagant stage. People like Lady Gaga and Rihanna do that all the time.

  68. Siobhan November 1, 2010

    I didn’t think her singing or dancing was that good at all. She does not reach the same standard as many of the contestants regardless of whether it was mime. She looked great but that was about it

  69. sparkle November 4, 2010

    never in my life has the generation gap become more evident to me. Oldheads, like me who were brought up to critique or just plain don’t like bread and circus acts like Cheryl Cole and youngers who will take their or their parents hard earned and spend it on any old Emperor’s New Clothes. Look, it don’t make you a “hater” if you can see with the two eyes that God gave you that Cheryl Cole can only dance in a “Choreographed” way. She can’t bubble. If she could, She might could know she can’t sing for s*** neither, because really any sensible singer don’t dance faster than they can sing. That’s why sensible people know that she mimed the majority of the performance. Mime , meaning what you saw was not what you got. Now for the fool who said that Ms. Cole got a n**** bone in her body, can you tell me which part of her dancing looked Africanised to YOU. Next thing you know, fools like you will be mistaking simple exertion with being Black. In fact, why do Black people fall all over themselves when a non black does anything remotely “street”. Lawd God, please people, tthe black and “ghetto” pass has been taken and not surrendered EVER by Miss Teena Marie. Now that is a white woman with soul. S***, Edith Piaf had soul, but Cheryl cole is a cheap ass fake , with a cheap ass weave who doesn’t even possess any Blue Eyed Soul. The world has officially turned into a Roman Circus. Goodbye!

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