With Cheryl and The X Factor soon back on our screens, Kimberley Walsh has a bit of a problem

Kimberley Walsh has always been the best BFF, like, EVER to Cheryl but it seems that her loyalties are soon to be tested.

The former Girls Aloud star is clearly excited that Chezza, 32, will soon be back on our screens when the new series of The X Factor returns to ITV yet she has a dilemma on her hands.

Kimba’s unsure if she’ll always be watching the show as she’s also a passionate fan of X Factor’s Saturday night rival Strictly Come Dancing – so what’s she going to do?!

‘Now Cheryl is back on X Factor, I have to watch both. So on Saturday night I’m really torn,’ says Kimberley, 33.

‘Usually I watch X Factor live, but I sometimes switch to Strictly if it’s an important week.’

Eek! Luckily the singer’s split allegiance hasn’t had a negative effect on her bond with best pal Cheryl.

‘Cheryl is fine about it – she knows I get obsessed with Strictly! I absolutely love it,’ Kimberley explains. Phew, we’re glad to hear the Chimba love is intact!

We can totally understand why Kimberley wants to get her Strictly fix. The mum-of-one was a contestant on the dancing competition back in 2012 and reached the final with dance partner Pasha Kovalev, though sadly they narrowly missed out on the win as they were beaten by gymnast Louis Smith and his partner Flavia Cacace.

Chezza was spotted cheering on her pal from the audience on more than one occasion, so we’re sure she understands the allure of the sparkly show for Kimba!

Kimberley and Cheryl have always been close ever since their Girls Aloud days and are both incredibly supportive of one another.

In recent weeks many fans have expressed concern over Cheryl’s very slim frame but Kimba has stuck up for her bestie and insists she’s fine.

‘She’s OK,’ Kimberley tells the Mirror. ‘That’s the most important thing. She’s enjoying what she’s doing, she’s enjoying being back on X Factor.

‘It’s quite hard to have to constantly read things like that about her. The main thing is she’s OK. But there’s a lot of pressure obviously put on all of us in that respect.’

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