Let’s be honest, beneath that endearing Northern accent , her long running damsel in distress act, and those inescapable dance cuts her label stays turning out, there really isn’t much to Cheryl Cole on a talent tip.
In fact, if we’re going to be brutally honest , we’d say that without the benefit of the X Factor PR machine it’s becoming more and more apparent that Ms.Cole is nothing more than a poor man’s Paula Abdul.
Now peep what our friends over at The Daily Mail and Twitter users had to say about her performance at the Queen’s Jubilee concert last night, below…
On her set, The Mail’s Jan Moir explained:
Cheryl was singing a duet with Barlow. I say ‘singing’. Let us be honest here. Cheryl can’t sing, she never could sing — so what on earth was she doing at the Jubilee Concert? Apart from providing someone for Prince Harry to make a beeline for at the after-party.
On the big stage in front of the Palace, Cheryl sounded like a budgie with emphysema. Previously, there has been scandal about her miming on some of her hits. In future, the Queen should make her mime, by royal decree.
Then on Twitter, various users weighed in with the following:
Cheryl Cole said she had been practicing her curtsying all day. Should probably have been practicing your singing instead, eh pet?
Cheryl Cole sounds like a strangled cat
Just watched Cheryl Cole sing with Gary Barlow on You tube , Wow is she an awful singer , talentless . Can’t believe she judged karaoke !
No offense to Cheryl Cole at all, but she has taken an absolutely amazing country song by Lady Antebellum and ruined it.
Cheryl Cole‘s singing last night was one of the most embarrassing things i’ve ever seen.
Shirley Bloody Wonderful Bassey. Cheryl Cole take lessons!!!!! Jb
Macca, Elton John, Tom Jones, Cheryl Cole – spot the odd one out!
To be fair, we do commend Cheryl for daring to duet with Gary Barlow– easily one of the UK’s strongest vocalists by far. However, it’s performances like these that shine a light on just how ‘lazy’ today’s industry has become.
For, while Paula, Britney, Janet and Jennifer are all guilty of habitual lip synching, there is a skill and precision to their on stage delivery that money (or conveniently timed melodramas) just can’t buy.
By no means is anyone suggesting anyone who picks up a mic must deliver a Jessie J or Alexandra Burke style vocal, but surely ‘knowing how to sing’ should be a prerequisite for anyone calling themselves a ‘singer’.
Maybe, just maybe if Cheryl spent less time in front of the camera and more time in rehearsals, she could deliver performances like the one below and actually get away with miming to the beat.