Cheryl accused of cheating on X Factor

Cheryl Cole is at the centre of an X Factor fix row after helping put one of her friends through to boot camp.

Austin Drage sang Boyz To Men’s End Of The Road for the judges and a ‘yes’ from Cheryl, Dannii and Simon (Louis was off that day). Cheryl described his singing as ‘soulful’ and said, ‘If that’s not your best, I’m excited to see what is.’

What the X Factor audience weren’t told, though, is that Austin’s band 5Boyz supported Girls Aloud on their 2004 tour. Cheryl even dated one of his bandmates for a time.

ITV has said they always knew about their friendship and it won’t make any difference to the way Austin is treated on the show. But we think we should have been told upfront – looks a bit dodgy otherwise, doesn’t it?

We’ve looked back at Austin’s performance and we reckon he would have got in whether he knew Cheryl or not. Click below and see if you agree with us.