Ooh. So things are *seriously* heating up over at The X Factor.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Simon Cowell have now reached the boot camp stage of the competition – and it looks like things are getting pretty exciting.
As expected, they’re keeping very quiet on the contestants. However, they have been treating us to plenty of Instagram snaps of themselves backstage.
Cheryl and Rita proved there’s definitely NO rift between them when they cuddled up for a cute photo together yesterday.
Chezza then revealed that Simon’s son Eric has been spending time with him on set. Awww. The 32-year-old uploaded an image of the pair wearing matching outfits while sitting on a golf buggy. Yes, you heard us right. MATCHING OUTFITS.
On Wednesday, Cheryl shared a photo of herself in a seriously chic ensemble. Covering up in the chilly weather, she’d slipped into a grey tweed jacket.
She then made her way to the venue with The Xtra Factor hosts Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom. However, there were no limos or chauffeurs for the down-to-earth trio.
Rochelle, 26, captioned a photo of herself, Melvin and Chezza in a car: ‘@melvinodoom dropped us to work this morning…Don’t worry we arrived in one piece.’ We never doubted you, Melv!
Rita has also been snapping some cheeky selfies on set. But there was something a teeny bit different about the way she looked in her Instagram uploads earlier this week.
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After recently debuting a super-short haircut, the 25-year-old is now sporting a long mane again.
Seems she really can pull anything off, huh?
Cheryl has already previewed two of her boot camp outfits this week. She first wore a boxy tartan dress, which she paired with a low ponytail and a slick of classic red lippy.
She then slipped into a rather saucy pair of over-the-knee leather boots. The peep-toes featured super-high stiletto heels and clung to her slender thighs. Miaow.
Chezza paired her statement footwear with a khaki waistcoat that had been nipped in at the waist with a tightly-fastened belt. She’d opted for seductive smoky eyes and her brunette locks had been teased into tousled waves.
Ooh. And is that new hair we spy? Well, yes it is. Cheryl’s hairdresser captioned a pretty headshot: ‘#CherylFernandezVersini new layered haircut. Beautiful makeup by @francescaneill, beautiful styling @annahcstyle hair by me #wendyiles #wendyiles_hair.’
But not everything that’s gone on behind the scenes has quite been so glam. Nick, 31, shared a funny snap of the ex-Girls Aloud star holding up a, er, artichoke, captioning it: ‘Cheryl’s head is the same size an artichoke. An ARTICHOKE!!!!’
Speaking of Nick, he also looked pretty dapper in an all-black outfit. He shared a cute image of himself with Rita, who’d donned a bold patterned jacket.
After boot camp, the next stage of the The X Factor will be judges’ houses. This is where each panellist will be given their category before taking their singers off to a new location.
They’ll also be accompanied by a pal to help them pick their finalists – and Cheryl’s rumoured choice is quite a surprise. It’s been reported that her former co-judge Dannii Minogue will join her in France, where her hubby Jean-Bernard hails from.
‘The biggest news this year is the return of Dannii Minogue – she has been requested by Cheryl,’ a source tells Metro. Ah-mazing.
But unfortunately for viewers, someone pretty big will be missing from the live shows.
Announcer Peter Dickson confirmed yesterday that he’s leaving the programme, Tweeting: ‘After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it’s time for me to check out and cut loose.’
WHAT?! Who else will be able announce Cheryl’s name with such drama (and volume)? Major sad face.