It looks like Cheryl Cole is going to have her hands full mentoring fame junkie Katie Waissel and desperado rapper Cher Lloyd, as Katie allegedly turned up the heat by playing mind games.
Katie, seven years older than Cher, has apparently confided to sources that she is 'right fed up' with the way Cheryl seems to be lavishing more attention on Cher than on herself, claiming that it isn't fair, and that just because Cher is the baby of the group, shouldn't mean that she gets singled out for special attention.
"If this goes on, I swear to God I'll smash her fucking face in," Katie reportedly told pals.
"I ain't scared of that Madonna clone bitch," Cher told a pal. "If she wants a bitch fight she can bring it right on. She knows where I am. I mean it's not like I'm in hiding or anything."
It seems that there is after all, some degree of underlying friction between the two girls, despite what public displays of affection and support appear to suggest.
The contestants (with the exception of Wagner Carrilho) were criticised in the redtops for 'trashing' the X-Factor house, where they've been living together since the live rounds began.
Whatever happens, we haven't heard the last of this batch of 'performers.' Which is a bit sad when all's said and done.
More (albeit reluctantly) as we get it.