17-year-old Cher Lloyd has said that 'haters' inspire her to "perform even harder" for the people that do like her and her music. The youngster, who continues to split opinions today since first appearing on the show last summer, admitted she knew her style was going to polarize people's views.
"I always knew that I wasn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea," Cher conceeded. "Like every artist out there, you either like them or you don’t. It just makes we want to go out and perform even harder for the people that do like me and my music."
The singer also defended the decision to release 'Swagger Jagger' as her debut single, despite it attracting nearly 100,000 dislikes on YouTube.
"We all made the decision that Swagger Jagger should be my first single. I am very proud of the track and it was one of the first tracks I recorded and I instantly loved it. I think the song lyrics highlight what’s happening now. People will keep writing/tweeting about me, even if they love or hate me," Cher said.
The youngster was snapped up by Simon Cowell's Syco label earlier this year after finish fourth in last year's final, and Cher tells Music Week she's been given full control over her image and sound.
Cher said: "Having a say in the music direction was really important to me. I told them what I liked and what I didn’t like and they let me be the artist I wanted to be."
She added: “Writing is something I have always loved and wanted to do. I know its cliché, but it’s a way of expressing yourself and showing who you are and what you’re about.”
'Swagger Jagger' will be released on July 31.