X Factor‘s Cheryl Cole made her return to the ITV1 show during the judges’ house round on Sunday, but arrived at the location to find the building work disastrously unfinished.

According to reports in The Sun, the singer, 27, found the country house in Ascot, Berkshire, covered in scaffolding. The builders on site were hurriedly trying to complete the project during filming.

Cheryl was furious after a number of interruptions – a vacuum cleaner was used resulting in filming having to be stopped, while workmen dropped noisy scaffolding during a performance by one of her acts.

The pop star apparently threw her hands in the air and demanded to know ‘What was that about?’ to X Factor producer Richard Holloway.

A source said: “It was a letdown. The builders had to be told to stop work. All the acts were clearly affected.”

Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, who was helping Cheryl pick her finalists, managed to cheer her up as they chatted together.

The other judges went further afield than Berkshire: Dannii Minogue spent a week in Australia, Simon Cowell’s group went to Spain and Louis Walsh retired to Ireland with his acts.