One of the biggest trending news worldwide this week is the sack of two judges on New Zealand’s version of the world popular talent competition, The X Factor ,
The married couple ,British singer Natalia Kills and Willy Moon from New Zealand were yanked off their judging duties by MediaWorks, the owner of network TV3, after directing a series of invectives on Sunday night to aspiring singer, Joe Irvine. The 25 year old contsetant, was verbally shredded by Kills for allegedly copying her husband’s style. “Do you not have any value or respect for originality?” she asked. She also referred to the young man as “creepy”, “cheesy” and “disgusting” then called him a laughing stock. Kills made these comments after Irvine’s performance of Michael Buble’s “Cry Me A River”.
“I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.
“I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence, even having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion. You make me sick. You have no identity.”
The irate judge, Natalia railed on.
Joe Irvine took the brutal criticism with a brave face and even called his tormentor “beautiful” in response, but Kills’ spouse Moon quickly took over from where the tirade ended and added a few more abuses.
“To me it just feels a little bit cheap and absurd,” he said, to boos from the audience. “It’s like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother’s clothing. I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and kill everybody.”
Watch Bullying X-Factor judges video clip
Mediaworks have announced that the pair would no longer be a part of the judging panel and will be replaced forthwith.
“Both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable,” a spokeperson said . “While the judges on X Factor are expected to provide critiques of the performances, we will not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges.
“Contestants put their all into this competition and they should expect to receive feedback and criticism that is professional and constructive. We no longer have confidence that Kills and Moon are the right people to perform the role of X Factor judges and they will leave the show, effectively immediately.”
It’s amazing the kind of drama that takes place in musical competitions. The decision taken by the producers may well act as a deterrent for future abuse of the judgement seats held by respectable personalities in these kinds of shows.