The X Factor 2011: The top 10 stories of the past month

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It's been a hectic time for The X Factor over the past month, we've had new judges take to the auditions for the first time, former judges all over the front pages and chaos on the new US version of the show. From Chezza's new hair to Rebecca's fling with a One Direction member, here are the Top 10 most read stories over the past month.

We're often asked why we cover certain stories and perhaps this list will provide a few answers, with these stories being the most popular with you, our lovely readers!

Everyone is going on about Cheryl Cole's new hair, so here are the pictures

Surprisingly the most interesting story over the past month is about one of the show's former judges, and not only that not a particularly interesting story either. Twitter was ablaze with rumours about Cheryl Cole's new blonde hair and the pictures of her do saw more than 10,000 people check out the site.

Rebecca Ferguson reveals: Me and Zayn Malik are 'genuinely in love'

Rebecca Ferguson's interview with the News Of The World is next on our top 10 list, with the single mum of two saying she was in love with the 18-year-old. The confession proved controversial however, especially with the young One Direction fans...

Cheryl Cole's new blonde hair 'for Ashley' as the pair plan to go public

The story behind Cheryl Cole's aforementioned blonde hair is next on our list. In fact, stories about Cheryl Cole's possible reunion with Ashley filled the Top 50 most read stories on the site last month, showing that people still can't get enough of the former X Factor judge.

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OMG! Cher Lloyd's debut single 'Swagger Jagger' has leaked online!

The leak of Cher Lloyd's Swagger Jagger track is next, which found itself onto the internet a month before premiering on Radio 1. Cher however was not best pleased, moaning: “I’ve never been this upset ever! I worked so hard, and people wanna ruin it for me, if you wanted to hurt me you’ve done a great job.”

The X Factor 2011 auditions move to Manchester... and the talent is outstanding!

Our review of The X Factor auditions in Manchester is next on our top 10 list, with the three day stay in Manchester seeing Take That star Gary Barlow turn into Mr Nasty. He told one hopeful: "You are everything this competition doesn’t need. You have NO talent at all."

N-Dubz to split up following Tulisa Contstavlos' new X Factor role!

Reports that N-Dubz were preparing to split up following Tulisa's appointment as an X Factor judge also proved popular with our readers. Fortunately for fans of the group, Tulisa was quick to deny the rumours saying she would always be a part of the band.

Cheryl Cole "forced" to return to the US to film more X Factor footage!

It was reported earlier this month that Cheryl Cole was being forced to return to the USA in order to film some final scenes for the American version of The X Factor. It's currently understood that Cole will be introduced as a 'guest judge' on the series after being fired back in May.

Alexandra Burke defends Cher Lloyd in Twitter war of words with Example!

Rapper Example found himself on the receiving end of a tongue lashing from X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke on Twitter after he slagged off Cher Lloyd. The war of words quickly saw a number of other stars joining in, with The Saturdays' Rochelle blasting the 'Kickstarts' singer for his comment.

Zayn Malik is a "heartbreaker" says former Belle Amie member ex Geneva Lane

The drama surrounding Zayn and Rebecca's relationship continued when his ex Geneva Lane - also an X Factor finalist - gave an interview in which she blasted the One Direction singer. However Geneva later claimed the comments had be taken out of context, writing on Facebook: "I love Rebecca and i think they make a beautiful couple and I’m happy for the both of them."

VIDEO: Cher Lloyd premieres video to debut single 'Swagger Jagger'

Completing our top 10 most read articles is Cher Lloyd's premiere of her debut video 'Swagger Jaggger'. The track, released at the end of the month, has been poorly received by fans and critics with over 80,000 dislikes on video sharing website YouTube.

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