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Cheryl switches on Oxford Street Christmas lights

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini with Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry during the switch on for this year's Oxford Street Christmas lights. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini got into the festive spirit as she switched on the Christmas lights on London's Oxford Street

The X Factor judge - who looks set to claim her fifth number one single with I Don't Care on Sunday - was joined by chart-topping group Rixton and singer Jess Glynne at the event, hosted by the street's John Lewis store.

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini during the switch on for this year's Oxford Street Christmas lights. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands gathered to help count down to the moment when she hit the button, turning on a display featuring 750,000 lower-energy LED bulbs, strung along the length of the famous London street.


Newlywed Cheryl Cole bags fourth solo number one

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has celebrated a ninth career chart-topping single as Crazy Stupid Love became her fourth solo number one.

The former Girls Aloud star joins Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as only the third British female to claim the solo feat.

Cheryl Cole married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a secret ceremony in Mustique earlier this month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cole said it was "so exciting" to see the track, which features British rapper Tinie Tempah, top the charts two years after releasing her last single.

"It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one," the 31-year-old said.

Cheryl Cole talks of malaria near-death experience

Returning X Factor star Cheryl Cole has described her near death experience of malaria as she helps to raise funds to fight the disease through Sport Relief.

The star contracted the disease on a holiday in Tanzania. Credit: Reuters

Cole claims doctors gave her just a day to live at one stage when she was struck down with the illness after contracting it on holiday in Tanzania. She said:

"When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.

"The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.

"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.

"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family. The pain I felt and went through, it's what so many people go through, all because they don't have a mosquito net which could save their life.

"I was lucky, I had the best care I could get. Some people are not so lucky."

Simon and Cheryl talk of their X Factor return

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.

The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak to Daybreak about their X Factor return. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.

Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."

It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.


Cheryl Cole heads to Coronation Street for charity

Cheryl Cole has joined regulars at Coronation Street's Rovers Return to film a special episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa campaign.

Cheryl Cole will make an appearance in Coronation Street to help raise money for Text Santa. Credit: ITV

The former Girls Aloud songstress is to star alongside soap stars Michelle Keegan (Tina), Simon Gregson (Steve), Kym Marsh (Michelle) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) in the episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa programme on Friday 20th December.

Cheryl Cole with Michelle Keegan Credit: ITV

In the storyline Cheryl heads to the Rovers, looking for her childhood friend, barmaid Tina, and aims to take her up to Newcastle to celebrate Christmas - but things do not go according to plan.

The former X Factor judge said: "It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life.

"It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."

Cheryl Cole splits from US dancer boyfriend

Singer Cheryl Cole has split-up with her US dancer boyfriend.

Cheryl Cole and Tre Holloway (centre) performing last year. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The former judge on ITV's X Factor had dated Tre Holloway, 28, since last year but are believed to have separated as far back as June.

The pair met when he appeared alongside the 30-year-old former Girls Aloud star for a TV performance on the X Factor and they had been travelling between the UK and US to spent time together.

Cole, who recently added to her tattoo collection with roses across her lower back and bottom, was previously married to Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole but they divorced in 2010.

A spokesman for the singer confirmed she and Holloway have split.

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