Cheryl Cole is still out conquering the world in the aftermath of her split with Ashley - last night Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of luxury goods brand de Grisogono, cast her as the star of his legendary Cannes party.
A sunkissed and healthy looking Cheryl performed for hundreds of guests, including Naomi Campbell, on a terrace overlooking the mediterranean sea at the Hotel Du Cap.
"I'm actually really excited about it ," she told Grazia Daily. "I'm not nervous because I've been touring around here so I know my routine."
Arriving on the arm of billionaire Fawaz Gruosi, she wore a strapless black tulle Roberto Cavalli gown with a sweeping fishnet train that had its own bodyguard, complete with de Grisogono jewels. Her new admirer was also shielding her from any questions about Ashley - with Cheryl steadfastly talking about the weather.
"It's just wonderful out here, so beautiful and relaxing, it's like a holiday, " she said, but admitted she was using her tour with the Black Eyed Peas in Europe to launch a worldwide singing career. "This performance is a great opportunity."
"She is perfect, she is beautiful, talented and creative," added Gruosi [above with Cheryl and will.i.am].
Cheryl and dancers, dressed in army combats and sequined leotards, ran through a medley of songs including 'Fight for this Love' and 'Parachute' for the crowd before changing into a Julien Macdonald AW10 coral red number to hit the dance floor.
Other party-goers included Nicole's stepdad Lionel Richie, spotted dancing to will.i.am - and Paris Hilton, dressed in head to toe sugar pink. Others though barely stopped by - with Kelly Rowland making an appearance at the event with her minders for just minutes. Kylie Minogue was also expected but never turned up - leaving boyfriend Andres Velencosco partying alone.
- by Emma Pritchard Jones in Cannes