Cheryl joins audience as Liam Payne returns to X Factor stage
But she wasn’t on the judging panel.
Cheryl joined the X Factor audience on Saturday night as her boyfriend Liam Payne returned to the stage where he first found fame.
The former One Direction star appeared on the show for the first time as a solo artist, and was supported by Cheryl, who was previously a judge.
She sent a message to the absent Simon Cowell, who is resting at home after suffering a fall on Friday.
“First of all I really miss you, Simon, I know you’ll be watching at home, you’re very, very missed and we love you,” she said.
Cheryl is a goddess😍😍 #XFactor— Aieshaaaa (@MissAieshaA) October 28, 2017
Cheryl tonight ❤️ https://t.co/Cf0OH9tAO1— supporting cheryl (@adoringchezza) October 28, 2017
Cheryl had previously returned to the competition to help Cowell during the judges’ houses stage of the show.
She told host Dermot O’Leary she was backing all the group acts.
Payne had earlier posted a video on social media, saying it felt “amazing” to be back on X Factor.
He added it was “weird without the other boys”, as Cheryl made a cameo in the background.
Why didn't simon give Cheryl his chair for tonight show. We wish simon a speedy recovery.— ronald hawkins (@ron_nie45) October 28, 2017
Cheryl looks fantastic and it’s nice to see her so happy. Xxx— Lorna B (@Bo00589) October 28, 2017
Fans said Cheryl looked “incredible”, while others called for her to replace Cowell during his absence.
@Afterglowlovato tweeted: “Why doesn’t Cheryl just take Simon’s place? Like she’s say RIGHT there.”
@CourtenayCrawford posted: “Surprised Cheryl hasn’t took over for Simon to be honest.”
@Ron_nie45 wrote: “Why didn’t simon give Cheryl his chair for tonight show. We wish simon a speedy recovery.”