Shy mentor Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole was "very shy" when she returned to 'X Factor' as an assistant to Gary Barlow, hopeful Brad Shackleton
Cheryl Cole was "very shy" when she returned to 'X Factor'.
The 'Promise this' hitmaker - who was a judge on the programme for three years until last year - surprised the hopefuls in Gary Barlow's Over 28s category with her reserved manor but they were more than happy to break the ice.
Hopeful Brad Shackleton said: "She was really shy, so I just stepped forward and went, 'Oh give us a kiss then...' She looked really shocked."
While Cheryl was shocked by Brad's antics, the contestants - which also included Kye Sones, Melanie Masson, Christopher Maloney, Carolynne Poole and Nicola-Marie Bloor - were left spooked by a ghost at Boughton House, the Northampton manor house where they undertook their auditions.
Kye told heat magazine: "It kept pinching my bum! The place was really creepy and definitely haunted."
Meanwhile, judge Tulisa Contostavlos - whose act Little Mix won last year - admitted she is feeling more "relaxed" about the new series.
She said: "I feel more relaxed. I'm always being judged. I've earned my spot on the panel."