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LITTLE Lewis McCue may be only six but he’s ready to Fight For His Love for Geordie pop princess Cheryl Cole.
Lewis is, we believe, the Girls Aloud siren’s littlest and biggest fan . . . and has been ever since he first set eyes two years ago.
He watched the Tyneside heartbreaker as a judge on The X Factor at the tender age of four, and soon the little lad had his room decorated with scores of posters of the 26-year-old, which he kisses every night before he goes to sleep.
Each week he sends love letters to the starlet . . . and his family have told the Sunday Sun that somehow they have managed to get the Heaton-born star to reply to little Lewis.
He also has countless signed photographs and T-shirts with Cheryl’s face emblazoned across them, which he has mysteriously received through the post.
But the Lobley Hill primary school pupil’s big dream is to meet his favourite star in person.
His mum Suzanne said Lewis was mesmerised by Cheryl from the first moment he saw her judging on talent show X Factor.
The part-time clerk at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “Lewis is totally besotted with Cheryl. He was about four when he first saw her on the X Factor and he hasn’t looked back since.
“He has put up loads of posters in his bedroom and I’m not allowed to take them down. If we are in a shop and he sees pictures of her on magazines he makes me buy them.
“Then he will come home and study the pictures. He gets so embarrassed about it.
“Lewis has received letters from Cheryl asking if he has her new CD, as well as Valentine and birthday cards. He then takes them to his school to shows to his friends.
“He also has four T-shirts with her picture on, which he wears all the time. He isn’t happy when they go in the washing machine. When we took him to see Girls Aloud last year at the Metro Radio arena he didn’t even blink.
“He seems to be totally mesmerised by her and thinks she is gorgeous. If you ask Lewis who his best friend is, he says Cheryl.”
Lewis also has become a celebrity on Irish Radio Station i105-107 after breakfast presenters Dernard and Keith looked up Bonnie Tiler on the internet and found Suzanne’s partner Mandy Dodgson, who is a plumber and tiler.
As a wind-up they rang Mandy and now every Thursday, they speak to Lewis at 8am to find out whether he has received any new signed photographs or T-shirts from Cheryl.
Suzanne, 36, said: “His love for Cheryl is good in a way as he is a little boy.
“I think she is lovely and really pretty but when you are in the car and it has to be Cheryl Cole music you realise how funny it is. He would be over the moon if he actually met Cheryl, but I also think he would be very shy.”
Ne-Yo has revealed that he struggled to understand Cheryl Cole when the pair met last year.
The ‘Closer’ singer praised the Girls Aloud star’s looks, but admitted that she had to repeat herself because of her strong Geordie accent.
“It was difficult to talk to her, ‘cos she’d say something and I’d be like, ‘Huh?’” he told the Daily Star.
“I missed everything she said ‘cos I was just staring at her. She’s a great artist.”
Ne-Yo added that he has watched some of Cole’s performances on the internet and is eager to work with her in the future.
COULD North pop princess Cheryl Cole become less popular than a mere sausage roll?
That’s the question being asked by internet mischief makers on social networking website Facebook.
A campaign has been launched to try to out-do Cheryl Cole’s fan club on the site by finding even more fans for a single example of the pork and pastry snack.
And the group has already attracted more than 695,500 members, with the goal being to eclipse X Factor judge and singer Cheryl’s 1,500,000 fans.
Cheeky fans have uploaded prank photographs onto the site, showing the Newcastle-born Girls Aloud star pictured in a variety of poses with sausage rolls.
The unnamed founders of the group, rumoured to be a pair of 11-year-old schoolboys, also make regular announcements on the campaign’s progress after more than 100,000 fans joined in under two days.
One post reads: “Cheryl Cole, feel the wrath of the mighty sausage roll.
“Just think, this sausage roll could become more famous than Cheryl Cole. Won’t that be a sight to see.”
Another says: “A little tongue twister for you to go and try. See how fast you can repeatedly say ‘sausage roll, Cheryl Cole’.”
And another post has a question for the fan club’s members: “How do you like your sausage rolls? With, ketchup, brown sauce, or Cheryl Cole?”
With members increasing daily, the sausage roll could easily overtake the popular singing star, which must be disheartening for her.
Equally worrying must be the fact that Cheryl’s own fan count has gone down since the sausage entered the fray.
But are these sausage-lovers the meal deal or just fry-by-night friends?
Well, the fans themselves have had their say on the web page, too.
One follower, David Burd, wrote: “Mmmm, tasty. And I don’t mean Cheryl!”
Alan McLean said: “At least when you get sick of a sausage roll you can throw it away . . . or give it to a tramp!”
Clearly knowing which side her pastry is buttered, Catherine Salmon wrote: “Ah sausage roll, you never let me down, you sexy beast!”
Beverley Fletcher said: “I’m loving that sausage roll. Just look at its ripples on the top, so tempting and so golden.”
And Angela Briggs adds: “The Roll vs The Cole, how cool!!”
Clearly the sausage roll has the X Factor, but it remains to be seen how it will handle the fame.
According to reports, Cheryl Cole is thought to be considering having elocution lessons because she wants to crack America, and Simon Cowell apparently told her that US audiences might not be able to understand what she is saying. However, a professor of English language at Sheffield University has said she could damage her appeal at home by doing so.
Joan Beal is quoted as saying: “If she is seen to be changing her accent for commercial reasons, this could damage her image here… In the UK, the Geordie accent is viewed very positively and studies of reactions to accents consistently show that it is considered friendly, honest and generally attractive. There are lots of voice coaches who claim to be able to soften regional accents, and I’m sure Cheryl would have access to reputable ones who’ve worked successfully with actors. But does she want to be seen as putting on an act?”
Posted January 13, 2010on:
With Simon Cowell confirming that he is leaving American Idol to launch X Factor in the US, speculation is again focusing on whether Geordie popstrel Cheryl Cole will sit in the judge’s seat next to him.
No doubt that Cheryl is lovely, charming and capable enough, but what will the average American make of her broad northern accent?
Test screenings last year revealed that her Geordie brogue was definitely seen as a potential stumbling block to her transatlantic success.
Simon even jokingly said he’d pay for elocution lessons for our modern-day Eliza Doolittle.
So, aside from her accent in general and therefore just about everything she says, what words and phrases might pose particular problems for our Cheryl?
Here are some we think might baffle our American friends:
Mam – weirdly, Americans already have trouble with the more familiar ‘mum’, even though it’s pretty close to their ‘mom’.
Example: ‘So, yor oot heor singing fre yer mam?’
Translation: So, you’re out here singing for your mum?
Hoose – as in ‘house’.
Example: ‘Yee really browt the hoose doon!’
Translation: ‘You really brought the house down!’
Alreet – as in alright, both a greeting and an adjective/adverb
Example: ‘ Ah thowt it wez alreet.’
Translation: ‘I thought it was alright.’
Gaan – going, as in progress.
Example: ‘Ah reckon yor gaan aal the way!’
Translation: ‘I reckon you’re going all the way!’
Knaa – know
Example: ‘Ah divvent knaa whether te laugh or bubble.’
Translation: ‘I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.’
SHE may have vowed to “fight for this love” but fans of pop princess Cheryl Cole are fighting for chart success.
Newcastle-born Cheryl was disappointed in May when her last single with Girls Aloud became the band’s first ever song to miss out on a spot in the UK top 10.
But now thousands of devoted fans are planning to push Untouchable to the top of the charts.
In a rapidly-growing internet campaign, some 5,600 Facebook users have pledged to buy the song to make sure that Girls Aloud’s record of success remains unbroken.
Beckee Radley, of Blackburn, Lancashire and Aoife Malone, of Ireland, both 16, are behind the campaign.
Beckee said: “Some people think that the single didn’t get enough promotion and some think it was not the right track to release.
“Whatever it may have been, now fans want to recover that top 10 record by getting the song to the place it should have been at the top of the charts.
“The objective is to get Untouchable back in the top 10. To do this, we need people to download the song or its remixes from any download site that counts towards the chart before February 7.”
Untouchable, the 21st single from Cheryl and bandmates Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, reached number 11, breaking a string of consecutive top 10 hits that ran back to their debut single in 2002.
The campaign has received the backing of Girls Aloud’s record label, bandmate Nadine Coyle and celebrities Jonathan Ross, Liz McClarnon and Lisa Mafia, who have all shown their support on Twitter.
Cheryl first found fame in the band Girls Aloud after winning her place through Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
The group’s debut single Sound of the Underground peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one.
Since 2003, Girls Aloud’s singles I’ll Stand by You, Walk This Way, and The Promise have charted at number one.
In 2009, it was announced that Girls Aloud would partake in a year-long hiatus to pursue solo projects, but would reunite for a new studio album this year.
To support the campaign to see Girls Aloud’s record of chart successes continue, download the song or its remixes from any download site that counts towards the chart before February 6 at 11:59pm.
For more information, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/untouchabletop10
Cheryl is mentioned in an article in the Times concerning regional accents:
The survival of accents is also helped by their increased prominence on television.
Ant and Dec, the television presenters, still speak with a distinct Geordie accent despite moving from Tyneside to London. They have said that they made a conscious decision to retain their pronunciation.
Another famous Geordie, Cheryl Cole, has also found success, first in the pop group Girls Aloud and then by becoming a judge on The X Factor reality TV show, where she went on to mentor this year’s winner, Joe McElderry, also a Geordie.
Cole’s accent may have proved an advantage as the pair could effectively speak in code. “When me and Cheryl were having conversations in full Geordie, people would be, like, ‘It’s like a different language’,” McElderry said recently.
She is also featured in the Mirror’s article on ‘the year in Twitter’ as one of the highlights from 2009 on the social networking site:
Amid constant rumours about her marriage to footballer Ashley Cole, X Factor judge Cheryl posts a picture of her £160,000 wedding ring. She writes: “3 words. Diamonds are forever.”
The Coventry Telegraph includes Cheryl in its article looking at celeb beauty secrets:
FORGET the X Factor winner, it was Cheryl Cole’s's crowning glory that’s grabbed all the headlines last year.
From flowing extensions, to one-shoulder plait, to shorter tousled waves, the judge’s hair has been hot gossip week after week, heightened by her starring role in the “because we’re worth it” L’Oreal Elvive ad.
Cheryl Cole loves: Origins Spot Remover, £10 (www.origins.co.uk)
“I use Origins Spot Remover to help dry and draw out any blemishes. Or sometimes I use Sudocrem – it really works!”
Joe McElderry got a taste of what his new showbiz life is going to be like as he embarked on his first week as The X Factor’s winner.
On Monday – just hours after winning The X Factor – 18-year-old Geordie Joe McElderry was up at 4.30am to start a day of interviews and photo shoots with the world’s media, which of course included a chat with new!.
After grilling him about Cheryl Cole and his plans for the future, we were keen to get to the bottom of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend Carly Dilbert’s claims that he was bullied by his classmates, who called him “gay boy” and “mummy’s boy”.
Joe tells new!, “I don’t know where those stories came from! I wasn’t bullied at all. I found that whole thing funny. It’s amazing what people make up for a bit of money.
“I’m straight,” he adds, before revealing, “I haven’t slept with anyone, but I’m concentrating on my music.”
Here, the South Shields singer exclusively tells new! why he doesn’t fancy Cheryl, what he looks for in a girl, and how Olly Murs coped with being in second place…
Congratulations, Joe! How are you feeling?
I feel good. Very excited!
What was going through your head when you won?
I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to come second.
How is Olly coping with losing out?
Olly’s great. He was all right about it and was happy for me. We decided whoever wins, we’ll be happy for them. I thought Olly would win and he thought I was going to win. I’ve spoken to him today and he’s good.
Who were you closest to on the show?
Olly, Stacey [Solomon] and Rachel [Adedeji]. I loved all three of them. I’ve spoken to them all today and they are the ones I’ll miss most.
What do you make of the accusations that your first single The Climb was chosen for you?
We were given a selection of songs to sing a couple of weeks ago and this is the one we all liked the best. It really describes our journey on The X Factor and why we’re all here. It wasn’t just me who liked it – we all did!
Have you been in touch with Cheryl since winning?
Yes, we’ve been texting each other loads. She texted me today to say that she’s still really emotional and she still can’t believe I won.
Will you two keep in touch?
Definitely. She’s been great because she knows what it’s like and what I’ve been through. I was really lucky to have her as a mentor. And before the show, she made such an effort to boost me up, even though she was very emotional!
Do you fancy Cheryl?
She’s gorgeous, but I see her like a big sister!
Have you been to her home?
We tried to arrange it, but we were so busy it just wasn’t possible.
What are your plans for Christmas?
I’m going home for a few weeks to spend time with my family. I don’t know what I’m doing for New Year’s Eve yet. Everything’s been happening so fast, I haven’t planned anything!
What is the first thing you will buy when you get paid?
I want to buy a bigger house for me and my family. I don’t know what I’ll get my family for Christmas, but it has to be something special.
Will you buy Cheryl a Christmas present?
Yes! I have to get her something really nice, to say thank you for everything she’s done for me on The X Factor. I might get her something for her dogs.
Was her husband Ashley at the final?
Yes, and I spoke to him afterwards, but everything was such a blur! I met him a couple of weeks ago and he’s so nice. He was encouraging and just a lovely person.
How did you find Simon Cowell?
He was gutted that Olly didn’t win, but he was lovely to me and told me I’d done brilliantly. When I first met him, he was really scary. For the first few weeks, I couldn’t have a conversation with him because he was so intimidating. It’s because he’s “Simon Cowell” and has this aura around him.
How did it feel when your ex sold a story on you?
It’s just funny. I guess it happens and it’s amazing to see what people will do when they are in that situation. Also, people make things up. I don’t know where half the stuff comes from. I’m just taking it all on the chin.
Was it true you were bullied and called homophobic names at school?
No, and I have no idea where that came from – I wasn’t bullied at all.
There were rumours that Simon wanted to give you a makeover. Would you ever get your teeth straightened like Cheryl did?
That’s something I’ll have to think about if it becomes an issue! I’d never get plastic surgery done on my face.
What do you go for in a girl?
They must have a good personality and be fun.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Beyoncé [Knowles]. She’s beautiful.
Was it the right decision to pull out of The X Factor when you were 15?
Definitely. I was too young and I wouldn’t have got as far as I have now. I’m happy how everything worked out.
The papers say Simon is set to make you the next Zac Efron. Would you like that?
I wouldn’t mind it! Right now, I’m concentrating on the album and my singing. But if the opportunity came up in the future, I wouldn’t mind pursuing it. I’d like to do acting, but for now I’m focusing on my music.
CHERYL Cole should not have to lose her Geordie accent to make it big in the US.
Dating website I Love Your Accent found it was a huge turn-on for fellas in America’s South.
Executives from TV network NBC had found the X Factor judge incomprehensible when they met with her.
But website boss Rochelle Peachy said: “Our research shows Northern accents, Geordie in particular, are popular in the deep south.
“There’s no difficulties in translation.”
As we name Cheryl Cole our Woman Of The Year, we ask a team of celebrity experts to analyse the qualities that make our favourite Geordie lass so great..
This has truly been Cheryl Cole’s year. In 12 months the gorgeous Geordie has graced the cover of Vogue, smashed the charts with her No.1 album and made her mark as the new face of L’Oreal.
Not to mention her massive success on X Factor, winning the show for the second year in a row – this time with Joe McElderry thanks to her savvy song choices and great mentoring.
Venturing away from the success and security of Girls Aloud was a risk but, for Cheryl, it’s paid off more than anyone could have imagined.
So, as we bestow the title of Woman of the Year on the lovely Mrs Cole, our team of celebrity experts explain just what it is that gives Cheryl the X Factor.
Mirror columnist (and fellow Geordie) Sue Carroll
“By rights “By rights we shouldn’t like Cheryl Cole at all. She’s ridiculously pretty, a fashion goddess, Simon Cowell’s right-hand girl, talented, very, very rich and the cover girl for L’Oreal. I mean, what’s to like? But the backlash hasn’t happened.
“Blokes think she’s hot, mums love her and daughters aspire to be her. I was at the BBC the other day where Cheryl was recording her TV special. Afterwards we lurked around Studio One hoping to catch a glimpse, maybe she’d pop out for a fag. She didn’t, but I bet if she had, there wouldn’t have been anything uppity about Cheryl.
“In a world of manufactured celebs she remains the authentic Geordie lass with the unchanging Tyneside accent and slightly amazed expression of a girl who can’t quite believe her luck.
“When she sheds tears for those wannabes at X-Factor auditions we know she feels their pain because she’s been that vulnerable kid desperate for a break.
“That’s why we get Cheryl, we know how she ticks and where she’s coming from. For all the adulation she’s still a lass from a council estate who loves her mam, dogs and husband (not necessarily in that order) and could, so easily, be working behind a counter in Newcastle’s Metro Centre.
“Only a well-grounded, outspoken Geordie lass would have the balls to call Peaches Geldof “up herself”. Because, you know what, we can spot a phoney from a thousand miles.”
Music.. Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills
“Cheryl’s the girl of the moment in every way. People in the industry love her because she really is a nice person – I saw her on Saturday night when I went to watch X Factor and what you see on the telly is what you get in real life.
“Cheryl is doing amazingly well musically because she’s working with all the right people who give her the cool edge lots of female pop stars struggle to achieve.
“Her first solo single Fight for this Love was a no-brainer. As soon as I heard it I knew it would be a hit. It’s cool enough for Radio 1, but works well for places like Heart FM or Radio 2. She gets great pop records – the Saturdays would kill for them – and producers know they’re on to a winner with her.
“The second song 3 Words with Will.i.am is more of a grower, but I absolutely love it. It’s dead sexy and grown up. Even if people didn’t love the record, they’d still buy it because it’s Cheryl so it’s going to be massive anyway. If I was to describe her stuff in three words, I’d say sassy, cool and ‘now’.
Style guru and fashion presenter for GMTV, Mark Heyes
“This year’s X Factor has cemented Cheryl as a fashion icon. It was evident early on, visually at least, that this year’s show was going to be all about her outfits. Not only has she shown her knack for being one step ahead of current trends, such as the military look, which she wore for her performance on the show, but she has also been quite daring with quite a lot of her choices.
“The Atelier Versace lampshade-style dresses she wore in red and gold show she is not afraid to try styles that other celebrities wouldn’t. She has had a bit of stick but it showed she is prepared to push the boundaries and not just opt for the boring Little Black Dress option. And because of that viewers have been tuning in each week to see what she is wearing as much as to see performers.”
Mirror Fashion Director, Amber Morales
When Cheryl appeared in Pop Stars the Rivals in 2002 no one could have predicted the style icon she’d become. Now, we just can’t wait to see her latest outfit. On this year’s X Factor she championed up and coming young British design talent. Here are the highlights..
Stylist to the stars Andrew Barton
“Cheryl’s hair is fantastic and fully deserving of style-icon status for 2009. The volume she achieves is amazing and makes her hair look glamorous and sexy. Her decision to get rid of some length and go for her new shorter look proves that she has the confidence and natural style to pull off any look she tries.
“The new shoulder-length, tousled look is dead sexy and makes Cheryl look more youthful and vibrant.
“There has been lots of press attention recently on Cheryl removing her extensions, but as far as I can see it looks like there are still a few extensions in her hair.
“Girls love Cheryl’s hair so much because it always looks shiny, healthy, luscious and thick. Above all it is always perfectly groomed.
“For ladies who want to get the look, try a volumising hair mousse.
“And one amazing thing she’s done recently are the really classy chignons and buns she’s been wearing on the X Factor.
“That look has really elevated her from WAG to classic and elegant.”
Mirror beauty expert Madeline Crisp
“Cheryl is a natural beauty who obviously has a fantastic makeup artist, and she’s picked up a lot of tricks over the years. Her signature look is very sexy and classic with simple smoky eyes, glossy skin and nude lips. She often frames her eyes with thick false eyelashes and mascara and defines them with eyeliner.
“And to help make her eyes even more striking Cheryl has her eyebrows perfectly groomed and arched. They make her look alert, bright-eyed and always interested.
“Cheryl has also had fantastic cosmetic dentistry so she’s got the ultimate Hollywood smile. Her teeth weren’t perfect when she first appeared on the scene with Girls Aloud, but now they’re stunningly white and straight.
“Occasionally, Cheryl moves away from the usual nude lips and wears amazing bright-red or pink lipstick. She’s got such a great olive skin tone she can get away with colour and gets it right by toning down her eyes.
“Unlike her bandmate Nicola Roberts who embraces her pale skin, Cheryl makes the most of fake tan in a really subtle way. She doesn’t go all out like some other WAGs but just uses it for a nice natural glow.
“When she wears her trademark short dresses she combines tan perfectly with a body gloss to make her legs look longer and even more amazing.”
Nov 22: This fuchsia mini by Jean Paul Braganza was one of Cheryl’s more demure outfits. It fitted her like a glove, showing off her pretty figure.
Dec 6: Cheryl really went for it in this dramatic black and gold shimmery gown. It initially looked like her usual sexy style, but it has a flowing train at the back.
Oct 17: This amazing reddisc dress by Atelier Versace caused a stir. It was made exclusively for Cheryl and it emphasised her tiny waist.
Nov 21: One of our favourite looks was this quirky orange dress by Giles Deacon. Cheryl wore it with a little bow in her hair and shoe boots.
Oct 31: Her most controversial outfit. Designed by newcomer David Koma critics slated it, but we admire Cheryl for trying something cutting edge.
Nov 15: This corset dress by Richard Nicoll is ahead of the game. “Underwear as outerwear” is going to be massive next season.