X Factor: Cheryl Cole: 'Simon Cowell told me to pick controversial acts'

Simon Cowell Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole has revealed how X Factor boss Simon Cowell told her to pick acts for the show who would make good TV.

Writing in her official autobiography, My Story, Cheryl revealed how she decided to pick Katie Wassiel and Cher Lloyd for the live shows in her last year on the show back in 2010.

The Girls Aloud star, who also mentored runner up Rebecca Ferguson that year, writes in her book: "Simon [Cowell] had spent the past two years drumming into me that we needed acts who would be 'good TV'.

"When I saw Katie perform this time [at Judges' Houses], I had to admit that she was... quirky, intriguing and busting to succeed.

"In short, she had the character and drive it took to withstand the pressure of the show, and so I put her through, even though she messed up when she sang in front of Will [will.i.am]."

Cheryl also revealed her reasons for picking Cher Lloyd, despite the teenager messing up at judges' houses.

Cheryl said: "I absolutely loved her and had done from the start. She reminded me of myself, coming from a similar background and being gutsy, putting herself out there.

"She basically broke down when it was her turn to sing, but I still put her through because I believed in her and I felt sure she'd blossom as the competition went on."

Cheryl's book, My Story, is out to buy now.

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