Turns out Cheryl helped Stacy to get her break

Stacy Francis was kind of one of those ‘who?’ contestants when she entered the Celebrity Big Brother house but she’s certainly familiar to one famous lady – and it’s none other than Cheryl.

Yep, it turns out that the former US X Factor star sort of had a helping hand from Chezza in getting her big break when she impressed the Girls Aloud singer during her audition for the show back in 2011.

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Footage of the moment 47-year-old Stacy first performed on the programme shows Cheryl, 33, praising her for giving a powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Chezza – who was infamously sacked from the series after just two rounds of auditions – tells Stacy: ‘Completely and utterly blown away with every word you sang.

‘I could feel the whole room was willing you to win, and you just won – you were amazing.’

The Newcastle lass then helps to give Stacy a chance by agreeing to send her through to the next stage of the competition.

‘One hundred thousand percent yes,’ says Cheryl, sparking floods of tears from an emotional Stacy. Awww – watch it unfold here:

Stacy was also given a yes from Cheryl’s fellow judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid, though sadly her luck ran out during the live shows as she was eliminated in week 4.

She lasted longer than Chezza, however, who memorably fell out with Simon following his decision to swiftly replace her on the judging panel with Nicole Scherzinger.

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Nowadays things are very different for both women. Cheryl went on to return to the UK version of The X Factor for two series but didn’t join the panel last year. She’s rumoured to be expecting a baby with boyfriend Liam Payne.

Meanwhile Stacy rolled up on Celebrity Big Brother this week but things got off to a rough start for her, with members of the All Stars cast deciding to ‘edit’ her out of the programme. This meant she missed many of the first night festivities and didn’t receive her personal belongings – SO harsh.

Ah well Stacy, here’s hoping Cheryl’s still cheering you on!