On the face of it, Cheryl Cole’s once indestructible star has been fading. Her National Sweetheart tag looked endangered on the 2010 season of The X Factor when she sent home Gamu in favour of Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd, and then, when she was faced with a media circus over her departure from the US edition, critics declared that, without such a huge platform, her solo career was basically finished.
And if you’re a regular reader of the showbiz pages in Britain’s tabloids, you probably thought the same. You’d have believed that her fans (yes, her fans) were “FURIOUS” with her for allegedly miming on The Voice, or for halting her performance on The Graham Norton Show mid-recording because she’d fluffed the dancing. But then she released ‘Call My Name’, it sold 97,000 copies in three days, and became highly likely to become the fastest-selling single of 2012. What have we learned? That behind the headlines is still one of the country’s most wanted popstars.