Cheryl’s Secret Link To Celebrity Big Brother’s Stacy Francis

Turns out, the pair go way back...

Never heard of CBB‘s Stacy Francis before? Well, we can tell you someone who has – Cheryl.

Yep. The 33-year-old singer actually helped Stacy on her road to fame, giving her a big ol’ ‘Yes’ when she auditioned for The X Factor USA in 2011.

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Stacy, 47, sailed through to the next round after impressing Cheryl and her co-judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Paula Abdul with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.

She received a standing ovation before Chezza told her: ‘Yes, one hundred thousand percent.

‘Completely and utterly blown away with every word you sang, and I could feel the whole room was willing you to win, and you just won – you were amazing.’

Cheryl on X Factor USA

Cheryl heaped praise on Stacy Francis during her X Factor USA audition

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LA Reid praised: ‘Everything that I do musically is all about having my spirit stirred and having the hair on my arms raised, and you did both today,’ while Paula said: ‘Opportunities, they come across once in a lifetime for someone as angelic as you, honest to Gosh this is your time – God bless you.’

Even Simon was stunned, gushing: ‘That was one of the best auditions I have ever heard in my life – you did more than sing it, you believed in it. Loved it. Loved it, loved it – and I love you.’

Jamie O'Hara and Stacy Francis on CBB

Stacy Francis is now in the CBB house alongside housemates including Jamie O’Hara

Unfortunately for Cheryl, her time on The X Factor USA was short-lived. She only filmed two days of auditions before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, allegedly because contestants couldn’t understand her Geordie accent.

Let’s hope Stacy has a little more success with Celebrity Big Brother