Cheryl SLAMMED for 'sexualised' X Factor 2018 performance: ‘Did she just lick her hand?’

Safeeyah Kazi
'Too far': Viewers blasted the performance: ITV/ Youtube

Cheryl has been blasted by X Factor viewers over her racy comeback performance of new single, with many claiming it was “too much”.

The former Girls Aloud singer returned to the stage to perform her new track Love Made Me Do It on Sunday night's results show.

The routine, which saw Cheryl power through a choreographed dance and lick her hand on one occasion, was slated by fans who were left “cringing” over the “sexualised” performance.

One viewer tweeted: “Cheryl basically using the production, her moves etc to throw people off her ‘singing’. Should have just lip-synced. Terrible.”

Raunchy: Cheryl on The X Factor with male backing dancers (ITV)

Another commented:” Cheryl’s performance on X Factor, which totally relied on sexy moves and outfit.”

A third added: “This is actually s***. Why did she lick her hand at the start there?”

According to The Sun, the mother-of-one left show bosses concerned the performance would lead to OfCom complains over it being “too sexy for viewers”.

A source told the publication: “Cheryl wants this performance to be remembered and it will be.

“She has been in rehearsals for the last few days and the routine will see her writhing around on the ground with 12 hot men dancing around her.

“At one point there were fears the male dancers may even have their bums showing but now it seems they will be more covered up.

“No one has told Cheryl what to do, but they’ve been keeping a close eye on the creative team so the routine is suitable for a family audience.”

Standard Online has contacted representatives of Cheryl for comment.

On Sunday night, viewers also blasted the singer's live vocal, branding it "awful."