X Factor star looks very different 12 years on from getting to final

Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd looked as fresh-faced as ever this week as she shared a glamorous selfie 12 years after competing on the BBC singing show.

Cher stepped into the spotlight at just 16 to stun the UK with her viral rendition of Soulja Boy’s Turn My Swag On back in 2010.

The season also featured great talents like One Direction, the series champion Matt Cardle, and Mary “Tesco” Byrne, who underwent her own transformation recently.

On Monday, Cher, 29, shared a selfie with her 2.5 million followers that showed her smiling at the camera while wearing a black roll-neck.

The Malvern-born singer kept her makeup simple with a bronzed complexion and a soft pink lip.

Fans gushed over the Swagger Jagger artist in the comments, while others begged her for new music.

“Wow beautiful,” wrote one person, while another said: “Hello Cher! I hope you're having an amazing day today.”

Hoping for a new album or single in the near future, one fan questioned: “Please tell me your coming back with a new single.”

“Hello Cher are we getting new music and album,” someone else asked.

A third added: “Watching your audition now, you were too ahead of you time, they didn't know what to do with you. I was routing for you to the end.”

After coming fourth in the competition, Cher went on to be signed by Syco Music, who have represented the likes of Alexandra Burke, Little Mix and most of the other X Factor contestants.

At Syco Music, Cher released her debut single, Swagger Jagger, which placed number one, followed by her second single, With Ur Love, which reached number four on the UK chart.

The singer later released two albums, Sticks and Stone and Sorry I’m Late.

Outside of music, Cher married hairdresser Craig Monk in 2013, and the couple now shares a 4 year old daughter together, Delilah-Rae Monk.

Last year, while appearing on Rylan Clark’s podcast, Ry-Union, Cher admitted to feeling “vulnerable” and “alone” during her X Factor tenure.

She explained: "At times I'd get really angry. I felt angry because I'd go to a rehearsal, leave the studio, and be chased on my own, chased by a group of 20 to 25 men with cameras.

"I just felt really vulnerable. There'd be a chaperone person for everyone as a group, of course, we were underage."

"But at times, from walking to the studio or a car, you'd be alone. That didn't stop. The sheer amount of paparazzi would wait outside of those studios. I just always remember knowing not to wear a skirt without shorts," Cher added.

The Worcestershire local did admit that competition shows have changed a lot since her days on UK screens, branding her time as “brutal.”


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