X Factor 2014: Cheryl Cole says bootcamp was HELL for her

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Cheryl Cole has admitted that the X Factor bootcamp experience was "hell" for her.

Speaking to us last month after recording of the tense segment earlier this year, Cheryl confessed that the intense audience reaction was tough to deal with.

We told earlier this week how Cheryl was booed by the live audience as she chose her acts for judges' houses, decisions which many disagreed with and made their opinions very clear.

"The six chair challenge was hell for me, I didn't enjoy it one little bit," Cheryl said.

She continued: "But I understood it as it progressed, I got to understand what it was about, and in the end I knew had to take through the six people I believed had variety and had talent and I could work with well.

"The reaction from the crowd is pantomime for me, at the end of the day it had to be my decision."

Cheryl went on to reveal that she and the other judges were extra careful when it came to making choices about those younger acts at the six seat challenge.

She said: "I actually had a girl in my category that was 15, and if we sat her in the chair, we never took them out of the chair, so if they were under the age limit of 16 they never got removed from the chair."

Simon Cowell meanwhile defended the six chair challenge which some have described as "cruel".

"It's a good test of character at the end of the day. There's nothing in comparison to the pressure they'll feel when they go live," he said. "The guys get very excited, we put a lot of people through to boot camp, we've had situations in the past where we've had to cull people without singing a note, so everyone gets their chance."

X Factor airs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

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