By ANDREA MAGRATH
After-work drinks: Cheryl Cole steps out after filming the X Factor to party with the Black Eyed Peas
Most people enjoy a few after-work drinks.
And Cheryl Cole is no different, stepping out post-X Factor last night with her Girls Aloud mates.
The girls arrived at the upmarket Red Room in Mayfair to party with Cheryl's good friends will.i.am and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.
As always, Cheryl's mother Joan Callaghan was not far from the star's side, and joined her daughter for the night out.
Dressed in the same white tiered dress with an oversize black bow and blush satin platforms she wore to film the live show last night, Cheryl looked ready to let her hair down.
A-list friends: Cheryl (followed by will.i.am)became close with Fergie (front) when the X Factor judge supported the Black Eyed Peas on their European tour
It was a tense evening for Cheryl, 27, as the competition on X Factor heats up and her contestants Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson fight for their place in the final.
But she left the office behind as she caught up with Fergie and will.i.am, who had just performed at the Capital 95.8 Jingle Bell Ball.
The group left via the back entrance at the end of the night, Cheryl draped in a mystery man's jacket to keep warm, and went their separate ways.
Air kisses: The pair hugged goodbye before going their separate ways
Fergie ensured she was the centre of attention in a yellow Big Bird-inspired jacket and towering platform heels.
The 35-year-old singer was in great spirits after their festive gig at the O2 Arena, and appeared unconcerned by her husband Josh Duhamel's recent brush with the law.
The actor was escorted off a plane in New York on Friday after he refused to switch off his Blackberry.
Fergie managed to arrive at Heathrow yesterday without a hitch, to perform with her band alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Olly Murs, The Wanted, Jason Derulo and McFly
Girls night: Cheryl's Girls Aloud band mates Sarah Harding (left) and Kimberley Walsh joined in the fun at the Red Room in Mayfair
Party people: Nicola Roberts was dressed to the nines, while will.i.am went casual
Cheryl's Girls Aloud band mates - as usual, sans Nadine Coyle - joined in the fun at the exclusive London club.
The girls were dressed up for the night out, with Sarah Harding continuing her glamorous streak in a strapless satin black dress.
Kimberley Walsh wore a daring metallic mini dress with sheer stockings and a ladylike overcoat.
Always stylish Nicola Roberts, accompanied by boyfriend Charlie Fennel, stood out in a bright magenta dress which was set off by her trademark orange hair.
Me and my shadow: Cheryl's mother Joan tagged along
The velvet frock had an eye-catching asymmetric neckline with an enormous shoulder.
Cheryl's good friend will.i.am was casual in grey trousers, boots and a black jacket, and but added a unique touch with a Lego Black Eyed Peas shoulder-plate.
Her mother Joan Callaghan, who is never far from her side, also attended after accompanying her daughter to the X Factor show earlier in the evening.
The night out will have provided some relief from Cheryl's worry over getting her contestants through to next week as it emerged the judges will not have voting rights in tonight's semi-final results show.
The semi-final results tonight will be a 'sudden death' purely down to the public vote - with Cher battling it out with the remaining acts, Mary Byrne, Matt Cardle, Rebecca and One Direction.
Louis Walsh also revealed that only one person will be eliminated, leaving four acts to battle it out in the final showdown.
Headliners: The Black Eyed Peas kicked off the Jingle Bell Ball festivities earlier in the evening at the O2 Arena in London
International guests: Black Eyed Peas will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap left their hotel in Mayfair yesterday afternoon
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Sunday, 5 December 2010
By ANDREA MAGRATH