But her big music comeback, after a four year break, appeared to leave many viewers cold. Cheryl performed her song ‘Love Made Me Do It’ and it was deemed too raunchy and poorly performed by many.
The singer made a grand entrance dressed in a black leather top, hotpants and long leather boots. She began her performance by inexplicably licking her hand – which seemed to perplex several users on Twitter.
One viewer wrote on Twitter “Why did Cheryl just lick her hand?” and another “What was that lick about?”
— Amy Morris (@Amy_morris_x) November 18, 2018
Several viewers also poked fun at the fact that Cheryl’s performance is on X Factor – a singing talent competition.
Tough one tonight but reckon this Cheryl girl is going home. #XFactor
— Nick Emms (@Journo_Emms) November 18, 2018
Was waiting on Simon to wave his hand to stop the music half way through Cheryl’s performance #XFactor
— Orla O'Neill (@orla1x) November 18, 2018
Watching Cheryl performing her comeback single and my Dad walks in and asks if she's in the sing off 😂 #XFactor
— Jennifer Fields (@Jen_Jens77) November 18, 2018
She also appeared to sing live, which got a mixed response from viewers. Some demanded her to never sing live again, while others praised her bravery, especially considering coordinating it against her enthusiastic dance routine.
— Martin Rogers 🌠 (@martinrogers92) November 19, 2018
— Adds10lbs (@adds10lbs) November 18, 2018
Wow, Cheryl is quite good at singing live!
*waits for Twitter to bite*#xfactor
— Jason (@jayinbold) November 2, 2014
But it was Simon Cowell’s feedback that really got everyone talking. During her performance, Cowell simply asked fellow judge Louis Tomlinson “Is she alright?” as she rolled on the stage floor.
Simon pointing “is she alright” about Cheryl sprawled over the floor 🤣 #XFactor
— Zoey Curtis (@x_zoey_curtis_x) November 18, 2018
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) November 18, 2018
The way Simon just asked Louis if Cheryl was 'alright' 😂😂 #XFactor
— Rebekka-Mary Darling (@RebekkaMary) November 18, 2018
And while Cowell, Tomlinson and Field all gave Cheryl’s performance a standing ovation, stand-in judge and musical legend Nile Rodgers remained seated. And of course the people of Twitter took note of his alleged ‘snub.’
Haha Nile Rogers is VERY cool about denying Cheryl a standing ovation – every performance should be judged on its merits after all! #XFactor
— Paul Caffrey (@oxotowerworld) November 18, 2018
OMG- Cheryl- that was one hell of a mess…..song all over the place. No wonder Nile didn't stand and Louis looked awkward…. her time is maybe up?? That was dreadful #XFactor
— Stuart (@stuart_32) November 18, 2018
Nile not giving Cheryl a standing ovation 😂 the shade #xfactor
— Oli J 👁🌩🌅 (@nqtramblings) November 18, 2018
Sunday night’s X Factor saw two of Simon Cowell’s Girls go home – Shan and Bella Penfold.
X Factor continues on Saturday at 8.35pm on ITV.