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Cheryl supported homegrown talent for the latest round of X Factor auditions, returning to Geordie soil. Stepping on to the red carpet at Gateshead, she said she was delighted to be back in the region and revealed that “Simon is like an older brother” to her. On the fashion front, the star kept it simple in a white dress worn with a pair of nude heels and well, not much else. We're liking the new minimalist approach, Chezza.
It's another monochrome hit from Mel B who rocked up in Newcastle wearing a high-waisted black draped skirt teamed with a white crop top that flashes just a glimpse of her toned abs. We're liking your style, Lady B!
Chezza arrived in a monochrome look - a sharp contrast to the bold Stella McCartney she wore at the first round of auditions in the capital. This black and white ensemble consists of a boxy crop top from Jil Sander's Spring 2014 collection that features a cheeky split at the front. She's styled it with a sleek pair of tuxedo trousers by Temperley London complete with side pocketsand a draped effect. For a dash of glitz, Cheryl's expertly added a gold tribal-style choker and she's kept her hair swept back to avoid a golden overload. Talk about sophisticated!
Onto Mel B and she's stuck to a simple palette too including a black leather T-shirt teamed with inky blue skin-tight trousers. All that's needed is a pair of nude heels but - yikes - those earrings are a step too far for us. What's your verdict?
The London auditions for 'The X Factor' kicked off at the Emirates Stadium and Chezza rocked a bold new look courtesy of a head-to-toe red ensemble by Stella McCartney topped off with a pair of twinkling black heels. With straighter-than-straight hair, it's a super-cool look for the popstrel who's done a style 180 over the past year. May it continue!
As for Mel B, she's back to black in a curve-hugging LBD embellished with gold buttons on the straps and at the waist courtesy of Versace, no less. We're loving the minimalist look - but are you?
Our Chezza made her official return to the judging panel by swishing those blonde ombre locks with a plomb. The popstrel opted for a drop-waist dress from Jay Ahr's Spring Summer 2014 collection - it's suitably sexy but the sports-vibe keeps it day-time appropriate. As for the footwear, she's masterfully added a colour pop to the all-white look courtesy of those metallic-blue Tamara Mellon sandals. Result.
Onto Mel B who was sure to stand out for round one of the fash-off. This is the first time the Spice Girl has officially been on the panel and we can't wait to see how she performs style wise. She might have left the classic leopard print jumpsuit at home, but she did amp up the sex factor (ha) in a teeny tiny studded black skirt by Anthony Vaccarello. Mel wisely teamed it with a long-sleeved top to avoid too much flesh-flashing as well as a pair of nude Louboutin heels and a ponytail to keep it simple.
So it begins! The X Factor extravanganza kicked off in Manchester in June and while the hopefuls line up for the chance to be the next Harry Styles, our eyes are on the judges. New dad Simon Cowell hit the red carpet while his ladyfriend Lauren Silverman watched on from the music guru's swanky car, Cheryl Cole got her gloss on in a minxy white ensemble, Mel B did her best not to be upstaged by showcasing her killer pins and Louis Walsh, well, he was there too.
And you know what this means? Weeks and weeks of X Factor fash-watching with Cheryl and Mel going head-to-head in the style stakes. Yes, we know it's not technically a competition between these two and it's all about the singers bla bla, but do we really need an excuse to examine their style for each outing? Good.
We've seen Jil Sander crop tops and Temperley trousers from our Chezza while Mel B has treated us to a studded mini-skirt as well as a minxy Versace number. Oh yes! Click through the gallery above to see ALL the X Factor outfits so far...
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