When you're a singer who is also the subject of constant tabloid speculation, pulling off an arena spectacular is no mean feat - especially when the job in hand requires performing an array of club-friendly bangers on a Sunday evening.
Not that it seemed to bother Cheryl in the slightest, who appeared on stage atop a futuristic pyramid and re-enacted her soon-to-be trademark swan dive for opener 'Sexy Den A Mutha', a saucy, electro-stomping number lifted from her latest album A Million Lights.
Donning a gold sparkly catsuit, she charged through a whistle-stop summary of her solo career to date including number one singles 'Call My Name', 'Promise This' and LP track 'Girl in the Mirror' amid a deluge of dazzling strobes, dry ice and slick, high-NRG dance routines.
On paper it should have been a thrilling spectacle, but the reality was an oddly flat experience. Whether it was the Girls Aloud medley that left us pining for their impending reunion, the lack of distinctive visuals or that so many of her contemporaries have moved on from the bog-standard smoke and mirrors lightshow, it was difficult to ignore the feeling of a by-numbers pop gig from the off.
The flashes of brilliance in 'Under The Sun', '3 Words' - which featured a surprise appearance by friend and mentor will.i.am - and 'Fight For This Love' proved that she is capable of holding her own in front of a larger crowd. Though with a new book out and a number of well-publicised TV and film spots on the horizon, it proved all-too-easy to remember that she's a celebrity as much as a popstar.