Cher Lloyd first whipped her swag out on series 7 of The X Factor, where despite finishing fourth in the final, she still managed to get herself signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label. She even kickstarted her music career by getting a hit single from 1992 back in the charts.
Yes, Cher proved she wasn’t just a mini Cheryl Cole with a penchant for rapping, when she took to the stage to sing Shakespears Sister’s classic tune Stay in the fourth live show. The original version rocketed back into charts due to popular demand. Simon loved her, we loved her… and even a dodgy duet with will.i.am in the final wasn’t enough to put us off the Malvern chick with attitude.
Even after the cameras stopped rolling in 2010, the shiny spotlight of fame remained on Cher as she jetted off to LA to work on her debut album (with superstar producer RedOne - swish) and found herself riding regular waves of tabloid media scandal. Perhaps the biggest of these was an online leak of her first single Swagger Jagger back in June, which prompted a high-profile dissing from Example and some questionable praise from Lily Allen.
Lesser mortals may have buckled under all this pressure so early on in their career, but Cher and her loyal ‘brats’ have powered through with their swagger in tact. Cher's top 5 debut album, Sticks and Stones, featured collaborations with Mike Posner and Busta Rhymes and included the No 1 single Swagger Jagger.
In 2012 she embarked on her first ever headline tour across the UK performing in cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. We went backstage on the Sticks and Stones tour to get all the behind-the-scenes action.