'I thought you were better than this… I trusted you!' Katie Waissel blasts former X Factor mentor Cheryl Cole after she reveals she only chose her to make 'good TV'
14:06 GMT, 17 October 2012
She was the Rylan Clark contestant of 2010, dividing opinion with her eccentric behaviour and unique vocal talents.
But after Cheryl Cole revealed in her new autobiography that she only chose Katie Waissel to go through to the live shows because she would make 'good TV', Waissell took to Twitter to blast her former mentor.
Katie wrote: '@cherylcole I thought you were better than this. Shame I trusted you. you live and you learn.'
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War of words: Katie Waissel took to Twitter to blast Cheryl Cole, seen here after hitting the gym in Newcastle on Tuesday, after she revealed in her autobiography that she only chose Waissel for X Factor to make 'good TV'
Cheryl had written in her book
Cheryl: My Story, that she 'wasn't sure' about Katie, who famously
forgot the words to her audition piece We Are The Champions before
belting out Etta James' track At Last during the Judges' Houses stage of
Cheryl wrote: 'Simon Cowell had spent the past two years drumming into me that we needed acts who would be “good TV”.
'When I saw Katie perform this time, I
had to admit that she was certainly that. She was quirky, intriguing
and busting to succeed.
Battle: Cheryl, seen here performing in Newcastle on Tuesday night (left), backed Katie to win when she was on the show back in 2010
'In short, she had the character and
drive it took to withstand the pressure of the show, and so I put her
through, even though she messed up when she sang in front of will.i.am.'
Cheryl added that she was more than impressed by another of the auditionees – Cher Lloyd – a revelation that is sure to infuriate Katie more, after reports that Katie thought Cheryl favoured her 'mini-me' Cher.
Cheryl wrote in her book: 'I absolutely loved her and had done from the start. She reminded me of myself, coming from a similar background and being gutsy, putting herself out there.
Happier times: Cheryl and Katie held hands on stage ahead of Katie's exit from the show
As they were: Cheryl with her girls team in 2010 – Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd and Katie
basically broke down when it was her turn to sing, but I still put her
through because I believed in her and I felt sure she'd blossom as the
competition went on.'
comments about Katie being chosen solely to make good television are in
sharp contrast tot the interviews she gave in 2010 backing the singer
to win the contest.
She said at the time: 'I think, for some reason, and I don't know why, people have got into their heads that Katie's the one that shouldn't be here. And I really think she should. She is different to what we know.
'She is eccentric. She's a bit outrageous. But she's not boring. She looks and acts like a star. Think about what she's going through. Imagine that was you people were talking about.
'She's new to the business, she's new to the industry, she doesn't know how that feels. She feels hated.'
Video: Cheryl plays to her hometown audience…