Self-Sabotage: Cheryl Cole Covers TLC & Beyonce With ‘Unpretty / Pretty Hurts’ Medley

Published: Thursday 9th Oct 2014 by Sam

Well, well, well. What have we here?

By no means editorial rhetoric, we’re legitimately looking for an answer. Because, after watching Cheryl Cole‘s latest performance, we’re none-the-wiser.

Famed for everything but her vocals, the X Factor panelist – whose job it is to judge the voices of others every week – seems keen to prove her naysayers wrong. For, she has spontaneously served up a live cover of TLC’s ‘Unpretty’ and Beyonce’s ‘Pretty Hurts’, as she ramps up promo for her upcoming new album ‘Only Human’ (due November 10th).

Watch after the jump…

Pretty may hurt, but so do our ears after watching that.

What possessed her to attempt such demanding songs?

Conceptually, the two tracks are great picks to be fused together. The only thing missing was a competent vocalist to deliver them.

We’d much rather she continue serving up dance-troops, 8-counts, and sophisticated pre-records until she can step her vocal game all the way up.

Your thoughts?

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  1. LB October 9, 2014

    I’m just here for the comments

    *grabs popcorn*

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    • Sweetnothings78 October 9, 2014

      Ha ha, absolutely made my night with this, ha ha ❤️ It

  2. NOLIES October 9, 2014

    And yet TMZ dragged the chanteuse… 🙂

  3. Julian October 9, 2014

    Meh, could’ve been worse. She doesn’t even have a voice worth mentioning to begin with, but she’s a non-factor in my eyes anyway. Irrelevant.

  4. Mark111 October 9, 2014

    One song is a classic and went #1, the other forgettable and couldn’t even chart.

    • Beysus October 9, 2014

      That’s because the album went x2 platinum in the US in like 6 months. When will Rihfund???

      • Ummmm October 9, 2014

        @beysus honey please don’t drag for the USA when you’re from like Scottland or Iceland….. Drag for your own country bb

      • Beysus October 9, 2014

        Iceland??? HAAAA!!! and so what??? Bey had sold out concerts in Glasgow!!!

    • Valerie October 9, 2014

      And yet its being COVERED.

  5. Cake like Lady GaGa October 9, 2014

    Sam, you are TRYING it. You are really desperate for them hits. I see what you are doing. Now the TGJ fagggss will flock here and “drag”, @cheylsoldier will drag them too, and YOU end up getting 200 comments. You are really TRYING it!!!

    • ontherun October 9, 2014

      100% accurate

    • ImaRead October 9, 2014

      True.. But why were you absent on the Thread when Gaga was talking about setting the bar to high for herself LOOL

  6. Molly October 9, 2014

    Just confused on why she’s performing pretty flops. Unpretty is a classic tho.

    • Tboz’sSideburns October 9, 2014

      LOL but when last did anyone cover a Ci-Error classic.. oh wait he has no Classics

  7. LB October 9, 2014

    Well Sam can’t post Lady Gaga articles because nobody cares.

    • Mark111 October 9, 2014

      Why is Cheap Too Cheap is flopping, yet Barbra is killing the charts.

      • LB October 9, 2014

        LMAO Cheap to Cheap….I can’t

  8. Beysus October 9, 2014

    Hell no… 🙁

  9. Cake like Lady GaGa October 9, 2014

    ^ the obsession!!! My impact on these trolls is real, especially the Soweto hoodrat.

  10. room319 October 9, 2014

    Who cares. Love Cheryl. She works hard.

    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014

      Who cares!! Dreadful performance. I can certainly understand
      Why she only has 1 Stan on this blog haha.

  11. Valerie October 9, 2014

    Death @ them coming out to play in this post. After the we tore you and your ‘global’ fave to shreads in the other post.

  12. Ozzy October 9, 2014

    Oh God, that was not cute. The only thing unpretty is her bank account. Hunny needs to figure out how to NOT be a flop. Anyways,
    LB b**** I miss you!!! LMAO

    • LB October 9, 2014

      Ozzy…miss you too

      • Ozzy October 9, 2014

        Come back to twitter!!! Who SNATCHED you so badly to run away hun???

      • LB October 9, 2014

        Nobody lol, it was just time to leave.

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      You need to tell me just how she’s a flop. Not your a$$ having absolutely no receipts. Sit down in the corner and go wait for r8

  13. LB October 9, 2014

    I’m sorry, tore who to shreds when you were seething at 100 character per millisecond speeds in that post over 1 or 2 comments.

    • Valerie October 9, 2014

      Oh so you were incognitio in that post then… ha! 100 characters comin from you? Honey you could submit two dissertations worth of Beyonce rambling you have done on this site alone.

      • LB October 9, 2014

        And you would respond with encyclopedia’s of nonsense nobody reads.

        The funny part is you’re always watching my comments when you should be watching Beyonce’s shows on HBO.

      • Valerie October 9, 2014

        How can you NOT observe your comments. You’re always there rambling on (mostly about Beyonce) and you’re ALWAYS here whenever I come back. The nerve of you to talk about posting over and over. Yet you cannot deny what I was saying was nothing but the truth.

      • LB tea October 9, 2014

        #No real job. Moonlighting as a gay club dj. Lmao. I h** TGJ is paying you comment residuals.

  14. Pedrowlegend October 9, 2014

    Samantha is so thirsty! I can’t!

  15. Pedrowlegend October 9, 2014

    B****, why you so mad that she looks so good? *in my Nikki voice*
    She sounds good! Not the best singer in the world, but her voice is sweet and s***!

    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014

      No it’s boring and basic. Cassie isn’t a good singer
      Neither is Ciara and they still have better tones and
      decent voices than Cheryl

  16. Sass October 9, 2014

    Oh god *big sean voice*

  17. Everyone’s A Critic October 9, 2014

    Was just beginning to like Cheryl, I like the new single, but then she ruins two amazingly deep songs. No emotion. She was in tune but if she judged herself on the X factor she KNOWS she would say no!
    With that being said
    Are you Happy with yourself… ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOURSELF, Cheryl? ….

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      I love your comments, you’re rational and sassy at the same time. You make me see sense about some of my faves, I still love Cheryl but this is not hot. DEATH at the queen bey reference

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014


    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014

      Exactly. A hot mess. Didn’t even finish it.

      Jessie J woulda killed these songs tho.

  18. Everyone’s A Critic October 9, 2014

    No shade.. Honestly! But pretty must hurt when that’s the only reason you get money.

  19. Princeofwisteria October 9, 2014

    Bij should stick to her basic frooty loops dance tracks.
    The worst shania twain sounding karaoke I ever heard.

    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014


  20. CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

    We don’t listen to cheryl for amaZing vocals. We all know she loves beyonce, so that’s why she did a tribute to her here. Cheryl is like rihanna, you don’t listen to them for the vocals, but because they have an ear for hits and can perform (although rihanna can’t really). Cheryl dances and performs her a$$ off.

    • Rihboy October 9, 2014

      Kii! Don’t drag rihanna into this lls! Rihanna actually has a few commendable vocal performances unlike cheryl who has none! Moreover cheryl does not have an eye for hits. Stop lying out of your teeth before they fall out.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        No babe, the FACT is that absolutely no one listens to rihanna for that voice. It’s for her songs. Idk why she has so many stand seeing as she can’t perform.

    • NOLIES October 9, 2014

      Why are you bringing Rihanna in this? Stay on topic and keep it cute.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        It was a comparison that a f** like you would get. Why are you in my mentions again?

    • Tboz’sSideburns October 9, 2014

      @cherylsoldier Your fave is problematic

    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014

      What hits does Cheryl have cuz she’s a non factor
      here in the US and I’m not Riri Stan but she does
      have some cute performances here and there.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        You’re a f*cking Keri hilson stan. Exit this post.

  21. Dem Lessors October 9, 2014

    Just noticed how her nose looks like a shark fin, anyways IDC is struggling to reach to reach 500k views on VEVO. Bye.

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      Is your fave still on the laxatives to try to lose weight for the “mime off my cd” flop tour?

      • Dem Lessors October 9, 2014

        Why do you always make up random s***, I think you’re schizo babe. BTW today I saw Chavvy’s latest autobiography in the charity shop, they were selling it for 25p, no word of a lie!

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        Britney’s weight does fluctuate so wildly. Fact.
        She was/is a druggie. Fact.
        She only mimes. Fact.
        She can’t dance. Fact.
        Her autobiography isn’t even in stores. Fact.

      • Dem Lessors October 9, 2014

        Let’s not forget Chavvy dancing like your grandad after his hip surgery, and do your research her critically panned autobiography was released in 2012.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        Vmas 2007, enough said

      • Dem Lessors October 9, 2014

        At least she stepped on that stage. Keep voting for Cheryl as best UK and Ireland act. Maybe she’ll have a little taste of what it’s like to be Britney one day.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        Again, a mentally ill, white trash drug addict who has no control over her money is not something my fave aspires to be.

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        “Fashion wise” death. Your attempts are so funny and desperate.

      • Dem Lessors October 9, 2014

        Lol, you always have to be the last to comment. Ok, goodnight b****!

  22. mya October 9, 2014

    This was such a great performance! She’s literally uks Beyonce. Fuuuuuckk Cheryl got me so wet right now. Mmmmm she really hit the spot for me. This is definitely my new seexxxxx jam.

    • NOLIES October 9, 2014

      So Beyoncè is only known in one country?

      • mya October 9, 2014

        Clearly not. What, are you going to “throw shade” at me now?

    • Yaya October 9, 2014

      2 guys just pounded me as “I Don’t Care” blasted in the background. Mmmm it was so s***.

  23. Rihboy October 9, 2014

    dry!!!! She needs to just give it a break. Take her one fan cheryl soldier and head for the mountains. She has hit rock bottom. Blending a top hit with a current flop single; and failing miserably at it. #byecheryl

    • @prettigurlrockD October 9, 2014

      Spill that t Hun

  24. dark b1tch October 9, 2014

    I’m a Cheryl fan and this was so beautiful. Everyone needs to check out her remix for I don’t care with angel haze and camron! Game changing is all I have to say.

    • L October 9, 2014

      Girl I heard it! Soooooo good. I’m surprised nobody posted it on here. Angel haze + Camron + Cheryl is PLATINUM.

  25. FutureCIARA October 9, 2014

    ….. Chawld

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      cici human nature @ the bet awards tease

  26. Tboz’sSideburns October 9, 2014

    OH the humanity… *sips camomile*

  27. How Many Drinks October 9, 2014

    Cheryl stans hard for my girl Bey. So I wont shade her today.

  28. blasted October 9, 2014

    If it hurts your ears so much, WHY DOES THAT GRAPE JUICE STAY STANNING FOR THIS FLOP?!?!!?! Why no SZA post, why NO BANKS, why no mention of KELELA. Hell, I’d love to see more of Jhene Aiko’s overrated ass than whoever just massacred Unpretty/Pretty Hurts. Y’all were late on that TINASHE train too. uh…not to mention all the ADS! i miss the OG TGJ. Fame sucks.

    • Beysus October 9, 2014

      They’re not stanning… Have you seen the shade being thrown by Sam???

  29. Rosie October 9, 2014

    LMAO at the obvious stan bait.

    Is CherylSoldier still here? I’m kinda stanning for that industry plant Borde-ripoff I was trying to drag a while ago. Speaking of it Stay Low is better than any song on Payola Heroine.

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      Ryn? I like her, but death at the itunes discounts to try to push her up the charts.

      • Rosie October 9, 2014

        I like her aesthetic and her music is well produced.
        And yeah, Interscope is the king of iTunes discounts. Her EP is only $2.67 in the US. But I can see her getting big. Interscope is already paying tons of blogs to post about her; all they need to do is send her single to radio, preferably SiriusXM and their channel Alt Nation (like Republic did with Borde).

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        I like her production and vocals way more than lorde. What do you think about the mess of the betty who release? I can’t believe rca let her do that.

      • Rosie October 9, 2014

        RCA is just a messy label period. They only care about Miley. The ONLY promo I saw for this album was on Buzzfeed. An absolute mess.
        She would be doing a lot better indie. Columbia is the only decent major at this point (yes, even Interscope has been horrible lately).

      • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

        Betty can be big too. Death at them letting Tinashe and betty release the same week + at them doing about 25k combined. Ugh.

      • Rosie October 9, 2014

        It’s like they don’t even try with their other artists. A Capitol paying everyone dust except Katy/Coldplay tea.
        Speaking of Capitol, I don’t think Broods is selling much either. All around mess.

  30. bash October 9, 2014

    maybe cuz I didn’t expect much…but I like it…she did her best without trying to do too much to impress…it was cute for what it was…a tribute/cover

  31. Navy nick October 9, 2014

    I liked it a lot; she is not the best singer but it was fine…. I loved the mash up tho: realllly good and someone should make a mashup video of them (good juju)

  32. Rosie October 9, 2014

    Billboard is reporting that Katy is doing the Super Bowl.
    She better lip-sync because if her vocals are as horrid as they usually are her career will likely be ruined. Just like the Black Eyed Peas when they f***** up.

    • CherylSoldier October 9, 2014

      Ugh. Absolutely no one is interested in her hits. Honestly what are they thinking? This is like that Ashlee Simpson mess at the orange bowl. 40 yr old men boppin to teenage dream? I’m screaming.

      • Rosie October 9, 2014

        Everyone except for 14 year old white girls on Twitter was dragging when SportsCenter tweeted it. 99% of the few positive tweets were about her boobs.
        Can’t wait for the mess in Feburary though!

    • LB October 9, 2014

      It’ll be better than any attempt that llama can put on. What hits does she have? All I see are singles that couldn’t chart. Is she still performing for the dead? She probably got her biggest venue.

  33. learik October 9, 2014

    ugh y’all are the most annoying commenters in the world… why must everything revert to a battle of the artist..learn to appreciate music as an art form you basics!

    • Jamal October 9, 2014

      I’m horny though.

  34. credits October 9, 2014

    The background singers were on point!! They killed it!

  35. Ewwwww October 10, 2014

    Cheryl literally has the most basic vocals in the industry, it’s AWFUL!! How dare she take two songs like that and attempt a mash up with her basic struggle white girl lacking emotion & power and everything good vocals!!!! She is basically a model that sings, people only care about her face. All that nations sweetheart stuff is bs, being a wag is not the aim for girls. Rant over I think

  36. hodgepodge October 10, 2014

    it’s actually pretty nice in my opinion, she knows her range and tries to stay in it. pretty decently executed!

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