X Factor Treyc Cohen sets the record straight

Wildcard contestant Treyc Cohen today set the record straight about rumours of tears and tantrums in the X Factor house, saying: "We are all getting on great."

Treyc Cohen, right, heads to the X Factor studio with two of her fellow finalists Rebecca Ferguson, left, and Cher Lloyd
Treyc Cohen, right, heads to the X Factor studio with two of her fellow finalists Rebecca Ferguson, left, and Cher Lloyd

Wildcard contestant Treyc Cohen today set the record straight about rumours of tears and tantrums in the X Factor house, saying: "We are all getting on great."

Treyc, whose studies in music at the University of Wolverhampton's Walsall Campus are on hold while she follows her dream, denied there was any truth in the reports of in-house feuding and backstage bitchiness between her and fellow girl contestants Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd.

"Absolutely not at all. People are getting on great," the 26-year-old said.

"I wouldn't say I was close to any one person. I get along with everybody.

"When I get back to the house I just want to sleep, so I eat, then get back to my room and sleep as much as I can.

"But we all get along great. We all have a chat and watch videos and watch the show back."

Treyc was Cheryl Cole's wildcard entry after she failed to make it through the judge's home stage the first time round.

"It is just starting to sink in now that I am actually here," she said.

Simply red - X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, with newly-dyed hair, arrives at the studios last night

"I am really overwhelmed that I have actually been given a second chance and that they actually did see something in me.

"Simon's comments last week blew me away, saying I was the best vocal of the night, so, it is just amazing. It really is only just starting to sink in."

And she has nothing but kind words for her mentor Cheryl too.

"She is great. She is very encouraging.

"When it comes to my songs, because I've got a strong voice and a big voice, she doesn't want me to give too much away at the beginning of the song and keep it back a little bit, until the big bits in the middle and the end, that's what we work on."

Internet rumours suggest the wannabe has been haggling with male singer Storm over Prince's Purple Rain, with the Scotsman losing out and taking on Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run instead.

However, Tamworth girl Treyc - who denies any truth in the reports she has already landed a record contract - is having trouble with her voice, which is sounding hoarse. "I'm not ill. I just think my voice is just really tired," she said.

"I'm not going to the doctors, I'm just going to see the throat specialist, just so he can have a look and see if everything's alright. I'm feeling really confident. It's going to be another big song. I can't disclose what it is but it is heroes week - so it's another well-known song.

"I'm feeling the pressure a little bit because of the comments that I got last week.

"My voice isn't sounding that great so I am just going to try and rest my voice until then, get plenty of fluids and hopefully be able to deliver. I've probably been over-rehearsing a little bit too much when I get back home, wanting to make sure that the big notes in the song are perfect and push myself a little bit too much."

Meanwhile, friends of eccentric "wild card" contestant Wagner Carrilho, from Dudley, were today travelling down to London to support the former PE teacher in the second live X Factor show.

The 54-year-old has been rehearsing hard to build on last week's success, when he sailed through the public vote after a performance of Ricky Martin's She Bangs and B52's Love Shack. Good friend Mandy Dhaliwal, aged 26, owns the Tasty Fish Bar in Commonside, Pensnett, opposite Wagner's bungalow in Blewitt Street.

She was today driving down to London with her husband to attend the live show.

Excited

She even left early so she could get her hair done beforehand and go shopping in London. "It's amazing there, really exciting," she said. "I loved it last week so am looking forward to this show.

"Yesterday was really hectic for him as it was all the final rehearsals but he's really excited and looking forward to it."

Today Cheryl, who has died her famous locks red - supposedly with a £5.99 home hair-dye kit - has warned her acts, Katie and Cher to rein in their diva behaviour. Cole, aged 27, has told the pair to stop bickering about everything from their song choices to clothes, backing dancers to the show's running order.

She fears TV viewers will boot them off this weekend's show if they throw any more hissy fits.

She is said to have warned them: "The public needs to warm to you. You both need to show them a softer side."

Neither Katie, 24, or Cher, 17, have strong voices and have alienated fans after a string of meltdowns. Last week, Katie came in the bottom three after a rant at stylists while Cher kicked off over her clothes.

Cher, who last week threw a diva-style fit over shoes, has reportedly been whingeing about her dancers while rehearsing US rapper Jay Z's song Hard Knock Life.

Katy Perry and Diana Vickers appear on Sunday's results show.

By Sunita Patel

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