Cher Lloyd sings Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister on X Factor

Cher Lloyd closes tonight’s [[The X Factor 2010|X Factor]] Halloween show with a performance of Shakespeare’s Sister’s Stay.

She’s dressed a tad more conventionally this week in a long black dress. And of course, this is the song that’s supposed to prove that Cher’s a top notch singer. And let’s be honest, Cher really knocked it out of the park tonight.

The styling and staging were exactly right. Cher performed on a darkened stage with some creepy trees for added atmosphere and on a chair made out of branches. I did a straw poll of our Facebook and Twitter followers on Unreality TV and a handful of people have said that her performance has changed their minds. Still, I don’t think it’ll convince the die-hard haters.

A phone-in on Xtra Factor later on suggested that Cher might lose fans because she’d moved away from rapping. The caller said that she risked alienating her fans.

Still, from my point of view, Cher did a fantastic job tonight. Perhaps her strongest performance on the series so far, but I don’t agree with Simon Cowell’s strangely over-exuberant comments about it being the performance of the season. She’s proved that she can sing, but from a personal standpoint, I’m not sure I enjoy the sound of her voice.

Judges’ Comments

  • Louis Walsh: Cher, I don’t know why you’re crying, that was an absolutely incredible performance and tonight you proved that you really can sing. You’re not just a one-trick pony rapper. That was probably the best performance of the night, Cher. Brilliant song choice Cheryl. Haunting, scary, but absolutely brilliant.
  • Dannii Minogue: Cher, there’s a couple of contestants tonight that have taken the theme but not made it gimmicky and you’re definitely one of them. What I loved about it was that you come out with a fighting spirit every week. From that first audition there was this little bit of vulnerability that we absolutely adored and you brought that to the stage tonight. 
  • Cheryl Cole: You did it babe. I know that song was absolutely emotional for you. You put every single emotion into it and we all felt it. The nation gets to hear you sing and it was epic, it was beautiful and I’m so proud of you tonight.
  • Simon Cowell: I don’t agree with Louis, I don’t think that was the performance of the night. I think it was the performance of the entire season. I’ll tell you why, I think that you are special. You proved a point this week, that you’re not somebody who just does one thing. You’re only 17 and that performance, by any standard was absolutely incredible.

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