Simon Cowell has told This Morning what he said about Cheryl Tweedy’s performance on X Factor.
The former Girls Aloud bandmate made her comeback to music on the ITV talent show, but she didn’t hit the right notes with some viewers.
Eagle-eyed fans also spotted Simon pointing at the stage and asking fellow judge Louis Tomlinson if she was OK.
The 59-year-old told ITV host Lizzie Cundy: “I thought she was dead at the end, actually.”
“I remember her lying there, I said to Louis, ‘I think she’s dead’. And then she stood up, so I was laughing afterwards.”
Cheryl took to the stage on Sunday, November 18, to sing her new single ‘Love Made me Do It’, dressed in a black bodysuit with thigh-high boots, Cheryl paused mid-song and licked her famously tattooed right hand, after beginning her routine by crawling on the floor.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the performance, which were largely mixed.
Later that week, a furious Cheryl spoke out about the backlash, telling her 6.1m twitter followers:
“I wanted to start by saying thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support for my performance on Sunday. You may not have read about them but I definitely saw and felt them!
“Having spent 16 years in the public eye I have always been accepting of people’s opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And that’s OK.
“I let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been quite frankly shocking and I need to address it.
“This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life.
“From my appearance, my body, my size and shape to my performance and even dragging innocent people into this like they did to Nile Rodgers simply for a clickbait headline is totally uncalled for. It also gives trolls a bigger voice and platform.
“What’s even more surprising to me is that some of these people are the first to write that we should be being more socially aware and conscious of online bullying and mental health awareness. Is this any different?
“So thank you all again for being strong minded enough not to be influenced by the negativity.
“Ps… I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!”
* The X Factor final starts at 7:30pm on ITV on Saturday 1 December.