If you think we’re going over the top with our language, read for yourself what Cowell had to say: “[The song] was the sort of thing I would expect someone to sing at the Hilton Hotel with people turning their backs, eating peanuts.” And “I like rock; that was a pebble.”
Francis, in her bewilderment, blamed pretty much everyone but herself for the tongue-lashing. “I don’t understand it,” she said, suggesting that Cowell just has it out for people not in his group. “That’s very confusing, and I think it’s very unfair.” Moreover, Francis was not about to let Paula Abdul get away with suggesting that some of Francis’s vocals were flat. “I don’t think that I ever go flat, so that’s weird. … I don’t know if I’m getting a fair evaluation as an artist[.]”
Maybe somebody should tell Francis what a bad idea it is to dis the judges of a competition you’re currently participating in. On the other hand, though, the advice can’t be nearly as valuable as life experience in this case. Read: on 16 November, Francis whined and complained about not getting a fair shake. On 17 November, bam: she’s gone.
Remaining X Factor contestants, especially sulky Astro, take note!