Who we saw doing what with who last night... LONDONeye Monday, 19 October 2009 London Lite Simontwiststhe knifeastension riseswithCheryl Rivalrybetweenjudgesturnsnasty Girlsallowed toflauntban CHERYL COLE overturned her own ban on friends and family as she made her solo debut on the X Factor last night. Chez was watched by her Girls Aloud band mates and hubby Ashley as she sang her single Fight For This Love, despite saying she wanted no family or friends in case they put her off. Thankfully, they didnt seem to get to Cheryl and she killed it, as she would say. H Full support: Cheryl Cole with Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts outside the X Factor studios T HE simmering row between X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole has been cranked up a notch after he taunted her over last nights loss of Rikki Loney. The Glaswegian club singer, who was mentored by Cheryl, was given the boot after finishing in the bottom two acts -- alongside Rachel Adedeji, whose mentor is Dannii Minogue. But Simon revelled in seeing his two rivals in trouble, and wound them up by saying that he preferred annoying twins John and Edward. He said: I would rather watch those two than them. He was clearly getting under the skin of Cheryl, who snapped back: Dont start getting smug, because you dont know who is going to be in the bottom two next week. Simon made Cheryl cry on Saturday nights show when he criticised her choice of songs for her acts, and the usually pally pair have been at each others throats from the off. Louis Walsh was missing from the weekends shows after attending the funeral of Stephen Gately in Ireland, but was lucky to see his acts -- the twins and Miss Frank -- survive. He phoned ITV2s Xtra Factor show last night to s ay he a g re e d w i t h the decision to send Rikki home. He added: I dont think Rachel has been given a chance yet on the show -- I would have saved her. Despite mourning the loss of close friend Gately, Louis made a point of watching the live shows on TV. He said: I never want to watch the show from home again. Ive been shouting at the TV. Ive been on the phone [with my acts] a lot. Both are going to have to be better next week. Meanwhile, there were mixed results for last nights two performers -- Cheryl and Whitney Houston. The X Factor judges debut solo performance went down well as she somewhat nervously danced and sang her way through Fight For This Love. But Whitneys comeback was marred by an embarrassing hitch when she was hit by a wardrobe malfunction. A strap came loose on her silver frock during her performance of Million Dollar Bill. She then went on to act bizarrely when inter- viewed by host Dermot OLeary, pausing for several seconds after each question was asked. Houston certainly did have a problem... Simmering row: Cheryl Cole had a word or two to say last night after Simon Cowell criticised her acts index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html