X Factor beauty Cheryl Cole has bonded with Rikki Loney, who was an X Factor contestant from her debut year at the ITV talent show.
Rikki, who has re-auditioned for the current series claims to have hit it off and grown ‘close’ with Cheryl Cole because of his audition from last year, plus he is good friends with Laura White, who was in Cheryl’s final three last year.
A source at Heat Magazine said: “Cheryl and Rikki are getting on really well. They bonded immediately because of Laura and it’s just the boost he needed.”
Rikki was originally picked to appear in the final 24 after making it through The X Factor boot camp stages last year, however he ended up loosing his place to 15-year-old Liam Payne after Simon Cowell changed his mind.