Cheryl Cole got more than she bargained for on her birthday when Simon Cowell sneakily surprised her with a group of male strippers during X Factor auditions.
It was a case of X Rated Factor as six male exotic dancers and a dwarf turned up to strip and splash baby oil on the singer turned mentor for her 31st birthday.
Simon had told the Daily Record he had a special present for Cheryl, teasing: “It wasn’t difficult. I got her something she wants” and he kept to his word.
At around 7pm on Tuesday night the lads walked into the closed private auditions at the venue and presented themselves as boyband The Highland Fling.
Dressed in black trousers and white t-shirts, the hunky lads told Cheryl and fellow judges Mel B, Cowell and Louis Walsh that they were going to sing the Proclaimers song Five Hundred Miles.
After a messy vocal performance, the PA system began playing Nelly’s Hot In Here and the lads sprang into action, stripping to their g-strings.
One of them was wearing a tartan posing pouch with a tiny kilt covering his manhood and jumped onto the judges desk as he doused himself with baby oil.
He took an embarrassed Cheryl by the hand and began dancing with her while another of the boys joined in making a tasty X Factor sandwich.
A blushing Cheryl, who wasn’t quite sure what to do, tried to look cool as they danced around her.
And mortified-looking Mel B seemed to be frightened off by their antics and ran away from the desk while an amused Simon and thrilled Louis watched on.
After their two minute long strip, their sidekick Albert Boat came on to present Cheryl with a rose, teddy, flowers and a kiss and hug.
The boys said “Simon Cowell contacted us. It was good dancing with Cheryl. I was nervous to be honest and began singing the wrong words but I soon got over it.
“It was top secret. “We were not allowed to tell anyone and our mates wouldn’t believe it until they see the pictures anyway.So much for Scary Spice. She ran off. I think she needed a toilet break.”
Simon appeared chuffed at his present choice and told the boys cheekily afterwards: “Louis said Yes.”
Simon appeared to enjoy his time in Edinburgh, stopping to have photos taken with the fans on the red carpet and chatting to the press. Watch the video below.
More photos from the Edinburgh auditions on our X FACTOR PHOTO page