Singer Alexandra Burke gives hopeful Cher Lloyd the thumbs up

Alexandra Burke is a big fan of X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd.

She was very impressed by the way the 17-year-old performed Keri Hilson‘s version of Soulja Boy‘s Turn My Swag On during last week’s show.

I watched Cher on The X Factor and I think she’s a breath of fresh air,’ Alex enthuses.

I look forward to seeing what she’ll do next because she is really talented and seems very confident.’

The Bad Boys singer thinks it’s important for contestants to get their first song choice right so that Simon Cowell doesn’t yawn with boredom.

It is always good to try and do something different in your audition for The X Factor,’ says Alex, ‘and she did just that.’

The 22-year-old – who won the show back in 2008 – topped the charts yesterday with her latest single Start Without You.

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