After Katie Waissel, teenage singer Cher Lloyd may be one of the most hated contestants on X Factor this year.
I’ve been watching this show since the very beginning and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a combination of horribly negative tabloid stories about Cher. On one hand they claim she’s in a fragile mental state, but on the other she’s a demanding little diva who’s always throwing tantrums behind the scenes.
She’s even receiving death threats!
You wouldn’t believe some of the things that are written about this girl at the weekends on Twitter and Facebook. She’s been called a pikey slag, Cheryl Cole’s mini-me, and much much worse. I happened to be watching X Factor with my daughter, and she was reading the #xfactor feed – some of the comments toward a girl who’s essentially a teenager. Naturally, I had to switch Twitter off to spare my girl’s innocent eyes.
Why do people hate Cher Lloyd? Try a few of these:
- People are suspicious of Simon Cowell’s support for her. It was the same with Katie Waissel – if Cowell’s saving your ass every week and he’s not your mentor, he must have some kind of higher agenda, right?
- The rumours about her tantrums. Nobody likes a jumped up contestant with a sense of entitlement. Cross-reference with Katie Waissel. Though I’d be inclined to forgive a bit of volatility from Cher because she’s been getting bad press since day one. The pressure on her must be immense.
- The bad singing. This ties in to point #1 – how can the judges constantly give her good comments when her voice is the X Factor equivalent of nails on a blackboard? People aren’t stupid – they can hear the cheap warbling and it doesn’t warrant such glowing praise. I have my own thoughts on why Cher’s important for the X Factor, but I doubt that makes a difference to the public.
Our own Jo Curtis wrote a post about the negative publicity for the X Factor contestants this year. There’s definitely been a harsher press response, and this informs how the public think about the contestants.
I don’t think Cher is the best singer in the competition this year. She hasn’t got a hope of winning the show. I do think that she’s a unique act and hopefully there’ll be more urban acts next year as a result.
But…like I said about Justin Bieber last week, where do we as adults get off being so harsh about a teenage girl? I mean, Cher’s clearly putting in the effort. You can see that in the staging and in the improvement in her rapping. It’s not her fault that Simon Cowell’s favouring her for reasons only known to himself.
Where do you guys stand – are people right to hate Cher so intensely they send her death threats and wish her dead? Or should we cut the girl a little more slack?