The X Factor USA’s Stacy Francis: Simon “Threw Me Under the Bus” — Exit Interview
After one very dramatic elimination ceremony on The X Factor’s November 17 episode, the judges eventually decided to send home powerful soul singer Stacy Francis. Now, the 42 year old single mother from Los Angeles reflects back on the time on the show: including Astro’s cocky attitude — and what she really thinks of judge Simon Cowell.
Did you really hope to win The X Factor, or were you just looking to have a bigger audience for your music? At the end of the day, I would have loved to have won. I’m not maybe as confident in myself to say that I think I should have won. [...] (But) I was definitely going for the $5 million, for sure!
The Bottom 2 this week was extremely dramatic! What was going through your head at that point? I didn’t expect to go home. When I saw that it was Astro standing next to me, I was hoping that — because he’s not a singer — that they would have taken the position, We’re going to let the singer go through. And then when he had sort of a little attitude about it, he was kind of throwing it away, I was hoping they would take advantage of that. But they didn’t.
You know, I think Simon — he loves a little rebel. And at the end of the day, Astro’s a very talented kid.
Many people were upset with how Astro handled everything. What did you think? It’s hard, when you’re standing there and you’re being judged — America’s watching and the world is watching. It’s very stressful.
I think he responded like a child would respond. He’s 14 years old! [...] It’s very personal, and it’s hard. I think that’s what happened. My heart goes out to him. I think he’s super talented. I watched him backstage — writing lyric and making beats. For 14 years old, he’s an extraordinary person, and extraordinary talent. I think he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him.
Simon and Nicole seemed to disagree on what your style should be. What sort of music do you want to perform? I think that when I sang “Natural Woman,” I sang from my heart. I know that from my emotions, I was very genuine. I think that when I did “Up The Mountain,” you got that. I think at the end of the day, fans are telling me they don’t want to see me cryin’ — but they want me to sing the songs that make them cry.
That’s the kind of music I want to do. I want to do soul-stirring music. I want to do soul music. [...] If that means Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston or Jennifer Hudson, then that’s what it is.
What did you think about Nicole Scherzinger? Would you rather have had Simon Cowell or L.A. Reid as your mentor? I love Nicole very much, but the game was going really hard core. I felt like Simon Cowell definitely threw me under the bus as a judge. [...] He made it very clear that he wanted to take the crown for one of his girls. He was not supporting any other contestant that was not his contestant.
For that reason, I would have loved to be in his category, because he has a very strong voice. America listens to him. They appreciate what he has to say. He’s very influential.
[...] He’s the creator of the show. He’s just a brilliant, amazing executive. [...] There’s no other show [...] that would give someone my age [...] the opportunity to stand in front of the world every week and sing. For that, I have to thank him.
Do you think that your past professional history affected your outcome? I would hope not. [...] Obviously, my career wasn’t as quote/unquote successful as people were saying, because no one knew who I was until I came out on the X Factor stage.
It wasn’t like I was Janet Jackson and I came to do The X Factor, you know? I think that that was kind of silly that that was brought up. I think that people were looking for some sort of news to dish on me, and those people got their wish. They wanted to see me off the show, and that’s what they got.