Cher Lloyd came to notice as a contestant on series seven of Simon Cowell's U.K. talent program The X-Factor. The singer and rapper auditioned for the program twice, singing ballads prior to being accepted through a performance of â€œTurn My Swag Onâ€� -- with Keri Hilson's version the template instead of Soulja Boy's original. After a significant amount of support from the programâ€™s judges, Lloyd made it to the final but finished fourth. Throughout the series, Lloyd took on a diverse assortment of songs, including Coldplayâ€™s â€œViva la Vida,â€� the S.O.S. Band's â€œJust Be Good to Me,â€� Jay-Z's â€œHard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),â€� Avril Lavigne's â€œGirlfriend,â€� and a mix of the Black Eyed Peas' â€œWhere Is the Love?â€� and â€œI Gotta Feelingâ€� (performed with the groupâ€™s will.i.am). After the final, Lloyd signed with Cowell's Sony BMG-affiliated Syco label and debuted in June 2011 with the boisterous single â€œSwagger Jaggerâ€� as a teaser for her first album -- promised to reflect the range of the X-Factor appearances, with Lloyd co-writing each song -- due later in the year. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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